Owen Mulligan defends London and New York within the championship

Owen Mulligan has defended London and New York’s place in the championship for shock victories this weekend.

Connacht’s big two, Mayo and Galway, are traveling to the Bronx and Ruislip, respectively, to win ties that are expected to record routine wins when the 2019 championship kicks off.

In the history of their involvement in the Connacht Championship, London has only recorded three wins, while New York has not yet hit the mark. The last near miss against Leitrim last year when they were excruciatingly eliminated after extra time.

Former Tyrone star Mulligan, who now lives in the UK capital where he runs local club Fulham Irish, had an unlikely swan song in his inter-county career two years ago when he competed in the championship for London, albeit fast eliminated and narrowly lost to Leitrim and Carlow.

Pictured is Owen Mulligan.

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When asked about the presence of teams in exile in the championship, he said: “I have no problem with that, I never have. They get the staunch Irish, “no chance” but I have no problem with it if they think they can compete for what they can.

“In the year I was there, we competed for the last 20 minutes and probably ran out of steam. But if teams can keep up and play a good game, why don’t we let them in?”

There is an increasing number of England born players lining up for London. According to Mulligan, this is critical to building a solid team and becoming more competitive.

“They have Killian Butler, a Tir Chonaill Gaels player who is absolutely brilliant,” continued Mulligan, speaking in his role as Paddy Power Ambassador.

“He would make it on any team here. He lives in London and that’s what you want.

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