London footballers’ championship campaign continues this weekend, as they face Offaly in the first round of qualifiers.
Ciaran Deely’s men travel to Tullamore on Saturday to take on the Faithful County for the first time since February of last year.
Pat Flanagan’s men entered the ‘back-door’ system after losing their Leinster quarter-final to Westmeath by 0-13 to 0-12 points.
The Offaly boss was frustrated at not getting the win, despite a second-half come-back that pushed Westmeath to a point.
After the game he said: “It’s exceptionally difficult to accept. We slipped up in the league by not getting up into Division 2 and now we’ve slipped up here by not winning this game, a game that probably we should have won.”
This year saw Offaly get their first win in the Leinster SFC in nine years after they beat Longford by eight points in the first round.
Flanagan believes that his side should be progressing to Division 2, and was vocal in his disappointment that it did not happen this year. Ciaran Deely has already stated that he is under no illusion of the task London have in potentially overthrowing Offaly.
London last faced Offaly in the league in their opening match of 2015, when Deely was working under former manager Paul Coggins.
That year, Offaly got promoted, and were unlucky not to jump up another division this year after finishing third in the table – four places ahead of the Westmeath side who beat them for a place in the Leinster semi-finals against Kildare.