Replay promises to be another roller coaster experience

Paddy McGowan takes off in pursuit of London's Padraig McGoldrick last Sunday in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photo by Willie Donnellan
All you can say about next Sunday’s replay in Hyde Park (3.40 throw-in) is that you hope it is half as entertaining as the draw in Pairc Sean.

All you can say about next Sunday’s replay in Hyde Park (3.40 throw-in) is that you hope it is half as entertaining as the draw in Pairc Sean.

Leitrim and London now have a very different view of their opponents after last Sunday’s game, weaknesses have been sought and found and both teams have areas they will to improve quite quickly ahead of next Sunday’s replay.

It is difficult to know who will learn more from the drawn encounter - both teams can draw heart from their refusal to lie down but the manner in which Leitrim fought back to snatch a draw will do wonders for the team’s confidence.

Injuries will be the big concern after a bruising encounter and the conditions of both Emlyn Mulligan and Mark Gottsche will be watched closely while other players like Kevin Conlan were limping heavily.

But one feels that the momentum may have switched to Leitrim - there will be less apprehension and if they can cut out the mistakes that led to goals, you get the feeling that the impressive range of scoring power shown last Sunday will carry the day.