London 2-07, Leitrim 0-13
By Damian Dolan.
London and Leitrim will have to do it all again next Sunday after 70 drama filled and punishing minutes couldn’t separate them at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada on Sunday.
Was it ever going to be anything other however? We expected excitement and tension and Sunday’s semi-final certainly delivered, complete with a twist – few had predicted the scenario that we would have to do it all again at Dr Hyde Park, Co Roscommon next Sunday.
What London wouldn’t give, however, to have been able to bring Leitrim back to Ruislip, and few could argue they that they didn’t earn the right to do just that in Carrick. Only time will tell whether London in fact allowed a glorious opportunity to reach a first-ever Connacht final to slip through their fingers in Carrick on Shannon.
When Sean Kelly tricked his way along the end ball line before whipping the ball into the back of the Leitrim net, the home support among the 7698 crowd were stunned into silence and an upset to rival the slaying of Sligo was definitely on.
That left the Exiles leading by a point and although parity was soon restored, Kelly and Cathal McGee opened up what looked like being a winning two-point lead for Paul Coggins’ men with just three minutes to go. They could almost touch the Promised Land.
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