Ex­per­i­men­tal side fall to keen Car­low men

Poor per­for­mance puts Wicklow out

Bray People - - SPORT - PETER KEOGH At Bray


IF HARRY MURPHY suf­fered any dis­ap­point­ment in this year's O'Byrne Cup cam­paign it was los­ing this match to Car­low at Bray on Wed­nes­day evening.

A fine crowd turned up to cheer on an­other ex­per­i­men­tal side to what they be­lieved would be an­other promis­ing per­for­mance - not to men­tion a vic­tory that would have put them in line for a place in the knock out stages of the com­pe­ti­tion. It was not to be. A sub stan­dard sec­ond half per­for­mance saw Wicklow exit the com­pe­ti­tion and leave Car­low to cel­e­brate an un­ex­pected vic­tory.

Mathew Byrne was the only player Harry re­tained from the team that played a draw with DCU on the Sun­day but he did have to make one late change when Ja­son Bol­ger was un­able to take his place be­cause of in­jury.

Car­low got off to a good start and were three points up be­fore Mat­tie Byrne pointed a free for Wicklow's first score in the 15th minute.

Wicklow had a good sec­ond quar­ter; James Sheerin kicked two great points from mid­field; Austin O'Mal­ley added a point and Mathew Byrne kicked over two more. The sides were level at 0-6 each af­ter the 35th minute but a Wil­lie Minchin point in in­jury time left it 0-7 to 0-6 in favour of Car­low at the break.

For the sec­ond match in a row Harry's in­jec­tion of new blood at half time back fired and Wicklow's game suf­fered.

Even af­ter Car­low had been re­duced to 14 men with the send­ing off of mid­fielder Dara Fo­ley they re­mained on top.

Later in the game Car­low lost an­other player to a sec­ond yel­low but still held on. Wicklow also fin­ished with 14 men af­ter O'Mal­ley saw yel­low for a sec­ond time late on.


Colm Byrne, Barry Murphy, Damian Power, Kevin Han­lon, Kevin Murphy, Mick McLough­lin, Paul McLough­lin, Ciaran Tyrrell, James Sheerin, Eu­gene Dunne, Daragh O’Sul­li­van, Bren­dan Kennedy, Austin O’Mal­ley, Mark Doyle, Matthew Byrne. SUBS USED: Eoin Keogh, Jay Kelly, Paddy Dal­ton, Ian Sheerin, Rory Nolan


Car­low: Andy O’Brien, BJ Molloy, Shane Red­mond, Kevin Byrne, Benny Ka­vanagh, Derek Hay­den, Tony Bol­ger, Kieran Nolan, Dar­ragh Fo­ley, Shane Mer­nagh , Ciaran Mo­ran, Paul Reid, Eoghan Ruth, Keith Hes­sion, Wil­lie Minchin, Daniel St.Ledger. SUBS: Bren­dan Murphy for Red­mond, Ray Walker for Brian Murphy.

VENUE: Bray Em­mets GAA Club

REF­EREE: Bren­dan Caw­ley (Kil­dare)

Eu­gene Dunne is chased by a posse of Car­low de­fend­ers in Bray.

Wicklow’s Paddy Dal­ton fires this shot wide in the O’Byrne Cup clash with Car­low in Bray.

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