Micko draws some comfort from display
A HOME draw against Waterford, would in normal circumstances be regarded as a very poor result for Mick O’Dwyer’s footballers. But these are not normal times. Micko reckoned that he was seven or eight players short of his best 15 when he travelled to Casement Park two weeks ago.
On Sunday he was forced to start without six of the team that had played in Belfast.
Four players that took part in that match, Ciarán Walshe, Darren Hayden, Anthony McLoughlin and Dean Siney were required for U21 championship duty on the Sunday, so Micko decided to rest them on Saturday.
In addition he was short of his full-back Stephen Kelly and fullforward Seánie Furlong.
However, circumstances forced him to bring on three of the U-21 players during the match.
Taking everything into consideration the boss was not too disappointed with the point he got from the match.
Waterford were a very fit team and made us work for every ball. Our lads tried hard and kicked some nice points but we did not get many goaling chances. Leighton was unlucky with the one that fell his way. Some of the injury problems are clearing up. Damien Power has got the all clear and returns to training this week and Dara O hAnnaidh is not far off either. Paddy Dalton’s problems are also improving.
We should be a bit nearer to full strength by the second-half of the league.
Arthur French was happy with how the half-time switches worked. ‘ Paul (Earls) appeared much happier at full-forward and had his best half hour this year. He did well to get a fist to that Ciarán Walshe lob for the equalising point. Paul is based in London and is getting in very little training,
‘Mick McLoughlin also shaped up well at centre half back in his first run. The three U-21 players, Ciarán Walshe, Darren Hayden and Anothony McLoughlin, also did well but we would have preferred to have found ourselves in the position where we did not have to use the U-21 players at all.’
As always Arthur was upbeat and is expecting better news on a number of fronts shortly.
Wicklow have a bye in the third round of matched this coming weekend and their next match is away to Kilkenny on March 8.
Wicklow's Ciarán Hyland blocks this shot by Waterford's Liam O Lionain.
Wicklow's Leighton Glynn tries to hold off the challenge of Waterford's Conor McGrath.
Waterford's Mark Prendergast and Wicklow's Dean Odlum battle for possession.
Wicklow's Paul Earls (11) palms the equalising point as Waterford goalkeeper Tom Wall closes in.
Wicklow's Ciarán Hyland breaks out of defence as Waterford's Dermot Casey looks on.