Leitrim name strong side for London trip

Leitrim head across the Irish Sea this weekend with a near full-strength team for their Connacht SFC opener against London in Ruislipthis Sunday, throw-in 3pm.

Leitrim head across the Irish Sea this weekend with a near full-strength team for their Connacht SFC opener against London in Ruislipthis Sunday, throw-in 3pm.

Injury doubts John McKeon, Declan Maxwell and Michael McGuinness have all been passed fit for the tie, which pits Leitrim against the Exiles for the first time since 2002.

Maxwell, so often his team's talisman, will start at centre-forward, captain McKeon will strengthen the visitors' half-back line, while McGuinness will man the full-back position.

Five years ago, Leitrim have five points to spare over the Exiles. Dessie Dolan snr's current side should triumph again this weekend, but the result could be tight.

London only lost by 0-13 to 0-10 when they met Leitrim in the National League last month, and with no pressure on them, they will be hoping to repeat their 1977 championship win over the same opposition - their only Connacht SFC success so far.

LEITRIM (SFC v London) - N Gill; C Kennedy, M McGuinness, D Reynolds; B Prior, J McKeon (capt), S Foley; G McCloskey, M Duignan; C Regan, D Maxwell, M Foley; D Brennan, J Glancy, C Duignan.

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