Wick­low face Long­ford in 2009 Le­in­ster opener

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

MICK O’DWYER has to be rea­son­ably happy with the draw Wick­low’s foot­ballers have got in the Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship next year.

While an opener away to Long­ford is not go­ing to be an easy starter, Wick­low have avoided com­ing up against Le­in­ster’s big guns such as Dublin, Meath and Wex­ford in the early rounds.

In­deed Wick­low two open­ing games in the Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship - that’s pro­vided they win their first match - against Long­ford and then West­meath would seem to be very much on a par with this year’s op­po­si­tion of Kil­dare and Laois.

Micko’s men carved out a his­toric first cham­pi­onship win in Croke Park when beat­ing Kil­dare in the Le­in­ster opener and then they went within a whisker of beat­ing Laois and mak­ing it to the semi-fi­nal, be­ing de­nied a last four po­si­tion as a re­sulted of missed goal chances.

As Micko’s men con­tinue their path of progress, an­other cham­pi­onship win over Long­ford would seem well within their com­pass, but they will need to be wary as Long­ford - and also West­meath - have spoiled the party on the Gar­den county in the past.

Mick O’Dwyer said: ‘In 2009, we will be hop­ing to do even bet­ter than this year. That’s what it’s all about, keep­ing the mo­men­tum there and mov­ing on.

‘We had a sat­is­fy­ing year in 2008 and with a bit of luck we could have beaten Laois. As you know, they only beat us by two points and James Stafford hit the cross­bar. Had that shot been a cou­ple of inches lower we would have won that game.

‘We have a good panel of play­ers, we have a good chance. We hope to get a few new play­ers from th­ese club cham­pi­onships and that will make a big dif­fer­ence. We need a few fresh faces.

‘We would be hop­ing to win at least two matches next year and hope­fully get to a Le­in­ster fi­nal. It is most im­por­tant that we get a good draw. We were not far off a Le­in­ster fi­nal this year. If we had got over Laois, we would have had a right crack at Wex­ford and any­thing could have hap­pened.’

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