Mi­nors too good for Kilkenny

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE WICK­LOW Mi­nor foot­ballers got off to a win­ning start in the Le­in­ster League with a win over Kilkenny at Muckalee on Fri­day night.

The Muckalee lights were about the only thing to shine brightly on the night.

While the Wick­low team did all that was re­quired of them and were in con­trol from start to fin­ish they will have to up their game quite a bit if they hope to make progress in league or cham­pi­onship.

How­ever, Kilkenny can be quite a hand­ful for any team at this time of year and have of­ten run Wick­low much closer than this in the past.

One thing that may have wor­ried Hugh Kenny was the fact that his boys failed to crack a good KIlkenny de­fence; the clos­est they came to scor­ing a goal was when they won a penalty just be­fore half-time but even then the Kilkenny 'keeper brought off a great save from a well hit spot-kick by Phillip Mur­phy.

Wick­low led by 0-11 to 0-1 at half- time but a much im­proved dis­play by the 'cats' saw them match the vis­i­tors score for score in the sec­ond half.

Wick­low: Garry Car­roll (Dunlavin), Gavin Burke (Kil­macanogue), John Man­ley (Rath­new), An­gus O'Bri­arin (Avon­dale), Jimmy Kelly (Dunlavin), Paudie Geoghegan (Avon­dale), Justin O'Brien (Eire Og, 0-1),Theo Smith (Rath­new, 0-2), Jamie Snell (Rath­new), Ste­vie Olo­han (Laragh), Pa­trick Crowley (An Tochar, 0-1), Niall Cros­bie (Eire Og, 0-1), Daniel Keane (Eire Og, 0-2), Dean McGarr (Bless­ing­ton, 0-3), Phillip Mur­phy (Rath­new, 0-1). Subs used: Colin Smullen (St Pat’s); Mark Mur­phy (AGB), Ro­nan Byrne (KIl­te­gan), Mark Keogh (Kil­bride), Shane Ho­gan (Ti­na­hely, 0-1), Nicky Sweeney (Bray Em­mets).

Kilkenny scor­ers: Luke Blanch­field (0-2); Ben Do­herty and Rob­bie Hayes 0-1 each.

The back room team: Man­ager: Hugh Kenny; se­lec­tors: Eoin Doyle, Terry Allen, Liam Cullen and Ro­nan Sweeney. Kit Man­ager: Mick Burke

Wick­low's next match in the League is away to West­meath on next Fri­day night.

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