Leitrim footballers will be on the road next year in the championship after the winners of the Leitrim and London clash were drawn to face Provincial Champions Mayo in the 2012 Connacht Senior Football Championship.
By John Connolly
Mickey Moran’s side knew they were due to travel to Ruislip for the first round of the Championship and the winners have been drawn to take on the Connacht Champions in the semi-final.
Providing Leitrim emerge from Ruislip with a victory, it would mean a trip to the revamped McHale Park for the semi-final and, if Leitrim were to secure a first ever victory in Castlebar, the final would be in either Hyde Park or Pearse Stadium in Galway as Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada is not deemed large enough to stage a Connacht Final.
Of course, a replay in any of the games will mean a return to Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada but the County ground could be devoid of Championship action next Summer.
Roscommon, reeling from the resignation of Fergal O’Donnell, have been drawn to face a Galway side under new manager Alan Mulholland, with the winners taking on either Sligo or New York in the semi-final.
Interestingly, London seem determined to build on their excellent 2011 campaign where they took Mayo to extra-time and registered their first ever qualifier win against Fermanagh.
Manager Paul Coggins wants the Exiles to take part in next January’s FBD Connacht League, suggesting that the London men are determined to build up for the Allianz League Division Four campaign and the clash with Leitrim.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.