A spirited second half display from the Wicklow minors wasn’t enough to prevent a defeat in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford yesterday. A final score of 1-19 to 3-08 barely tells the story of a game that could have went either way midway through the second half as Wicklow had narrowed a fourteen point gap down to just two.
Wicklow, who were very poor in the first half, gradually improved with the introduction of influential substitute Jordan Deans approaching the break making a considerable difference.
A poor start seen the young Wicklow men fall 1-11 to 0-0 behind after 23 minutes and in this time they barely threatened the Longford goal either. They hit hit back to score three points in trailing by 1-11 to 0-3 at half-time and goals from the dangerman Deans and Padraig O’Toole in the opening minute of the second half put the pressure on Longford whose big lead was gradually reduced to just two points (1-13 to 2-8) thanks to further scores from Wicklow No 14 Annacurras Gearoid Murphy who ended up with 0-8 to his credit.
Longford finally lifted the siege and kicked four points on the trot to break the Wicklow scoring run. Wicklow battled it out to the bitter end with Jordan Deans grabbing a consolation goal in the 57th minute.
Its Wexford up next for manager Martin Ging and the team and with a home venue it offers a chance to get their campaign back on track with plenty of positives to be taken from the display when they finally settled. The team improved as the changes were made and players seemed to fit in to their roles much better as the game progressed.
WICKLOW: William Rogers (Baltinglass); Conall O Gallchobhair (Blessington), Conor Deering (Dunlavin), James Tyrrell (Tinahely); Cian Lee (Baltinglass), Fintan O’Shea (Eire Óg, Captain), Tadhg O’Toole (Baltinglass); Oisin McGraynor (Avondale), Liam Miley (Valleymount); Mark Reid (Dunlavin), Padraig O’Toole (Kiltegan, 1-0), Kieran Sheehy (Eire Óg); Sean Gregory (Newtown), Gearoid Murphy (Annacurra 0-8, four frees, two ‘45s, two from play), Daniel Ging (Tinahely).
Subs:- Jordan Deans (Baltinglass 2-0) for K Sheehy (26 mins); James Hedderman (Tinahely for C Deering (38 mins); Sean Branagan (Donard the Glen for C Lee (42 mins); Adam Dixon Delahunt (Bray) for D Ging (47 mins); Ross Ward (Avondale) for M Reid (55 mins).
Referee: James King (Dublin).