Down’s Niall Madine scores a goal against Leitrim during their All-Ireland senior championship qualifier ayt Páirc Esler, Newry, Co Down. Photograph: Inpho

Down 4-18 Leitrim 0-9 There was never even a hint of a shock at Páirc Esler in Newry yesterday as Down stamped their class from the outset on anothe(...)

Emlyn Mulligan

Straws in the wind. A little underage success here, a second FBD League in a row there. Not much but not nothing either. Would surely have made a Conn(...)

Séamust “Banty” McEnaney

So on we go, headlong into a black card world. Which is pretty remarkable, when you stop to consider it for a moment. A game that stood largely untink(...)

London will be praying GPA player of the month for May Mark Gottsche has recovered from his foot injury for the Connacht SFC semi-final replay against Leitrim at Hyde Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

When the drawn game was finished last Sunday, we tried vainly to get someone from the London set-up to complain about not being allowed to bring Leitr(...)

London manager Paul Coggins shows his frustration after last year’s narrow one-point loss to Leitrim at Ruisllip. Photograph: Gerry McManus/Inpho

In the orchard of Connacht football, Leitrim have always been the low-hanging fruit, assumed to be there for the scrumping if and when London ever co(...)

London’s Pádraig McGoldrick on the way to scoring the only goal of the game against Leitrim at Ruislip last year. The visitors prevailed in the end 0-12 to 1-8. Photograph: Gerry McManus/Inpho

Listen in to the hit parade of London’s near misses in the Connacht Championship down the years and you generally find the same song, just with multip(...)