Minors too good for Kilkenny
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.