Wick­low’s hopes ended


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Kilkenny League 4, Wick­low League 1: Wick­low’s un­der­age stars’ dreams were brought to a harsh end on Satur­day when they lost 4-1 to Kilkenny League, al­though ac­cord­ing to Wick­low League De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer John Brown they were play­ing against ’14 men’, such was the al­leged un­fair­ness shown by the three Kilkenny of­fi­cials.

He said de­spite be­ing in­volved in soc­cer for 25 years he has never seen ‘ such a dis­play of bla­tant home de­ci­sions’ and that the three of­fi­cials ‘ba­si­cally booked Kilkenny through to the next round’.

Wick­low had two play­ers sent off dur­ing the game and Brown said that the Wick­low play­ers did very well to re­strain them­selves af­ter some of the ref­eree’s de­ci­sions.

Glen­view FC’s Anto O’Neill was one of the play­ers sent off af­ter he asked ref­eree Eu­gene Ty­nan what was go­ing on af­ter be­ing fouled in what was ‘a po­ten­tial leg break­ing tackle’ and picked up a yel­low card.

He was then dis­missed af­ter he re­mon­strated with the ref­eree af­ter an­other sim­i­lar chal­lenge and was given his march­ing or­ders.

Then af­ter that there was a ‘freefor-all’ out­side the 18-yard box, where there was ‘punches thrown from both sides’ and the ref­eree called Wick­low’s Chad Ryan aside and showed him a red card but took no action against any Kilkenny play­ers. Wick­low man­ager Tom Doyle had gone into the melee to try and pull his play­ers out of it and the lines­man deemed that wor­thy of a send­ing off so Doyle was sent to the dress­ing room by the ref­eree.

Wick­low would have been ex­pected to win this match or at least pick up a point as this Kilkenny team had strug­gled to a 2-1 win over the same Kil­dare side that Wick­low had ham­mered 7-1. In fact, all Wick­low needed was a point to ad­vance due to their su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence and that’s what makes this de­feat even harder to take.

The full Wick­low squad is: Em­mett Bol­lard, Ian Mor­ris, Anto O’Neill, Dar­ren McA­teer, Oisin Doyle, An­thony Kelly, Niall Man­ning, Martin Wil­liams, Gra­ham Devlin, Chad Ryan, Adam Dalby, Wayne Doyle, Aaron Eg­gle­ton, Joey El­liot, Adam Brack, Aaron Brack, Andy O’Brien, Richard Kin­sella, Shane Doyle, Colin Smullen, David Greene.

They are man­aged by Tom Doyle.

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