Car­low tonight be­fore trip to lion’s den to face Dubs

Bray People - - SPORT -

WICKLOW’S FOOT­BALLERS have their sec­ond of three O'Byrne Cup games tonight (Wed­nes­day) when they take on neigh­bours and ri­vals Car­low at Bray.

A win would be im­por­tant as it would set up a show­down in the last match against Dublin in Par­nell Park with a semi-fi­nal place at stake for both teams.

It is never easy to beat Car­low in any game and it’s go­ing to be no dif­fer­ent this time, with the Bar­rowsiders show­ing no signs of ca­pit­u­lat­ing against Dublin last Sun­day.

Wicklow gave some­thing of a cu­rate's egg per­for­mance against DCU at Greystones, and can count them­selves some­what lucky to come away with a draw in the end.

We can ex­pect Car­low to pun­ish any lax­ness in Wicklow's per­for­mance. Against Dublin they showed they are well ca­pa­ble of just that as they came back from be­ing five points down (1-7 to 0-3) af­ter 22 min­utes, to cut the mar­gin to just four points at the break.

Beaten by 3-13 to 1-12 in the end, Car­low still kept coming at the Dubs in the sec­ond-half and it is ob­vi­ous that An­thony Rain­bow has brought some­thing to the ta­ble as their new man­ager.

Wicklow are go­ing to have a bat­tle on their hands if they are go­ing to go into the last match with Dublin on Sun­day at Par­nell Park with an out­side chance of mak­ing the semi-fi­nals.

At the end of the day, the most im­por­tant thing is for Harry Mur- phy to get some­thing out of the Car­low game as he con­tin­ues to blood new tal­ent ahead of the start of the league in Fe­bru­ary.

Win­ning matches at any time does build up con­fi­dence and a head of steam - just what we need as we start a new league phase in the higher Di­vi­sion 3.

Then on Sun­day next, Dublin must be the hottest of favourites to win on home soil at Par­nell Park. A good per­for­mance by Wicklow would be nearly as good as a win, while I seem to re­mem­ber an­other oc­ca­sion some years ago when the Dubs came to Aughrim as firm favourites, but were sent pack­ing with their tail be­tween their legs.

Here's al­ways hop­ing for a mis­sion im­pos­si­ble.

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