Wicklow face a tough task against fancied Limerick
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.