GARDEN BOYS CRUISE
Wicklow in total control over Wexford
WICKLOW WEXFORD 8-22 1-04
A RUTHLESS Wicklow U16 team demolished a hapless Wexford in their first competitive fixture of the year. The Wicklow players held an advantage in all sectors and scored freely from the start. With the half time score of 5-11 to 0-1, the game was long over as a contest. The management were pleased not just with the score line but with the overall standard of skill, in particular the unselfish running off the ball and excellent tackling.
This is a hard-working and committed team and there was no question of a lesser effort in the second half. Scores continued to flow and the defence remained determined and organised throughout. Wexford did manage a very late consolation goal but the final score of 8-22 to 1-4 reflects the absolute dominance of Wicklow.
It was agreed that both Wexford and Wicklow would field the reminder of their squads in a second game. The possibility of some redemption for Wexford was quickly dispelled as these Wicklow players clearly wished to make an impression. The final score of 1-12 to 0-1 completed a very satisfying day for the Wicklow U16s.
The selectors will be faced with some difficult decisions after today's performances. All Wicklow players made outstanding contributions. Saoirse Kearon, Jack McCall, and Daire Fitzgerald were particularly strong in defence. The midfield pairing of Cal Kelly and Robert Kelly held the upper hand throughout. Cormac O'Shea, Jack D'Arcy and Conor Byrne were noteworthy in a forward line that scored at will.
The Wicklow under-16 team who defeated Wexford in Ballinakill at the weekend.