Wick­low face a tough task against fan­cied Lim­er­ick

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NFL - WICK­LOW V. LIM­ER­ICK

NO REST for the wicked! Mick O’Dwyer will be call­ing for an­other big ef­fort when Wick­low take on Lim­er­ick in the League at Aughrim on Sun­day. The Treaty men have been do­ing very well in Mun­ster foot­ball in re­cent years and started this sea­son as the hot favourites for pro­mo­tion.

For the first three rounds noth­ing changed as Lim­er­ick chalked up wins over Lon­don, Car­low and Long­ford Then on Satur­day the hit their ba­nana skin in the shape of Water­ford. ‘A good re­sult for Wick­low,’ the pun­dits said, and in a way it was. It lev­elled the play­ing field and left three teams, Clare, Wick­low and Water­ford level at the top of the ta­ble with 8 points each and Lim­er­ick just two points be­hind with a game in hand over Wick­low and Water­ford

The good thing about that is it leaves Wick­low mas­ters of their own des­tiny, They have three games still to go and if they win all three they are sure of pro­mo­tion. It’s as sim­ple as that But it is still a tough road ahead.

At this mo­ment in time Micko is looking no fur­ther that the game against Lim­er­ick. The Mun­ster men have re­ceived their warn­ing and will be all out to re­deem them­selves. To drop two more points would be the end of the road and they know it.

Wick­low are in the same po­si­tion. Of the four team left in the run­ning for the two pro­mo­tion places three are Mun­ster teams. We al­ready have bad mem­o­ries of our clash with Clare. We can be sure that Lim­er­ick will be an equally tough nut to crack.

Last Sun­day we saw the two sides of Micko’s team. Now the ques­tion is which side will sur­face on Sun­day. A rep­e­ti­tion of the first half in Long­ford and it will be ‘Good­night Irene’.

A re­peat of the sec­ond half per­for­mance would see us col­lect an­other brace of valu­able points. And that’s the side we want to see.

THE AUGHRIM ROAR

TIME WAS when the Aughrim venue was al­ways worth a few points to any Wick­low team but the bad days eroded its ef­fect.

Then along comes Micko and in three magic Sun­days dur­ing the All Ire­land qual­i­fiers he changed all that

The crowds were back, the fa­mous Aughrim Road was back and team like Fer­managh, Ca­van and Down felt the pinch. That is the at­mos­phere we need again to greet the vis­i­tors on Sun­day

NHL - WICK­LOW V. DONE­GAL

HIS­TORY WILL be made on Sun­day when a Wick­low hurl­ing team will travel to Let- terkenny to take on Done­gal in the league

Casey O’Brien will be bid­ding to ex­tend his un­beaten run but it may not be as easy as it looks.

Un­der the new rules which al­lows the weaker coun­ties to se­lect cer­tain play­ers from the strong coun­ties to beef up their teams one never knows what to ex­pect. One or two Kilkenny cats, a Cork rebel here and there or even a stray Yel­low­belly would be enough to trans­form any team.

Of course that op­tion is also avail­able to Wick­low and in fact was used by John Mitchell in his time as man­ager.

How­ever, Casey is stick­ing with a home­grown team and be­lieved that is the bet­ter course.

He has two scalps un­der his belt al­ready and a win in the Hills of Done­gal would be just what the doc­tor or­dered.

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