Wicklow Gar­dai in swoop for GAA ti­tle

Garden po­lice re­tain Le­in­ster cup

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THE WICKLOW Garda Di­vi­sional foot­ball team re­tained their Le­in­ster Re­gional foot­ball cham­pi­onship ti­tle on Wed­nes­day last with a stun­ning 2-19 to 0-7 win over neigh­bours Kil­dare Di­vi­sion.

The plat­form for success was laid in the first half.

Con­di­tions were per­fect for the game at the West­manstown Garda Sports and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, Lu­can.

The Wicklow team who were beaten in the All-Ire­land fi­nal last year by Gal­way are hop­ing to go one bet­ter this time around.

They have been strength­ened by the ad­di­tion of Tip­per­ary Se­nior foot­baller Brian Coen and Wicklow man Jim Cushe who have re­cently trans­ferred into the Wicklow Di­vi­sion.

Coen has been a rev­e­la­tion and contributed a to­tal of 11 points in this game. He had a sim­i­lar re­turn in the semi-fi­nal against Laois/Of­faly.

This game was vir­tu­ally over as a con­test af­ter 30 min­utes with Wicklow lead­ing on a score­line of 1-10 to 0-4.

Cor­ner for­ward Coen posted eight of the Wicklow points whilst full for­ward Paul O'Sul­li­van scored the goal af­ter a quick­sil­ver build up in­volv­ing Damian Fen­lon and Shay Ryan.

There was to be no re­spite for the Lily Whites in the sec­ond half as Wicklow con­tin­ued to pile on the pres­sure all the way to the fi­nal whis­tle.

Kil­dare had their best pe­riod be­tween the 42nd and 54th min­utes when they outscored their op­po­nents by 0-3 to 01 but the mar­gin was too big to en­gen­der hopes of a re­cov­ery.

Wicklow's sec­ond goal was scored af­ter 37 min­utes by man of the match Alan Kelly play­ing in the wing back po­si­tion.

His cen­tre back col­league Anto Rus­sell com­bined to put the Bray man in to score.

The game was played in a very sport- ing man­ner with re­mark­ably few frees.

Wicklow now go for­ward to an All-Ire­land semi-fi­nal next month.

Their op­po­nents are un­known but last year’s ri­vals Gal­way and Kerry are both still in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Dublin Re­gional fi­nal has not been fi­nalised but the Dublin South Cen­tral Di­vi­sion man­aged by Wicklow res­i­dent John Keane are still lurk­ing. One of this four will emerge as the win­ner.

Scor­ers: Wicklow: Brian Coen 0-11 (2f), Paul O'Sul­li­van 1-0, Alan Kelly 1-0, Con­rad Casey 0-2, Shay Ryan 0-2, Timmy Stokes 0-2, Ed­die Black and Sea­mus Grey 0-1 each.

Kil­dare: Kevin Wil­liamson 0-3 (2f), Larry Don­lon, Dave Marsh, Tom Bowe and Pat Dore 0-1 each.

Wicklow: Can­ice Dowl­ing, Paschal Car­ley, Paddy Phe­lan, Eoin Mc Hugh, Alan Kelly, Anto Rus­sell, Jim Cushe, Dar­ragh Mc Evoy, Sea­mus Grey, Timmy Stokes, Shay Ryan, Damian Fen­lon, Con­rad Casey, Paul O'Sul­li­van, Brian Coen. Subs: bar­ney Car­roll for Dowl­ing, Kevin Done­gan for Car­ley, De­clan Byrne for Fen­lon, Ed­die Black for O'Sul­li­van.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Thomas Con­way presents the cup on be­half of Coiste Si­amsa to Wicklow cap­tain Wayne Far­rell.

The Wicklow Garda foot­ballers who de­feated Kil­dare to re­tain their Le­in­ster In­ter­di­vi­sional ti­tle.

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