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Noth­ing sep­a­rates the op­ti­mists from the pes­simists quicker than an in­ter-county team from Co. Wick­low. Prior to throw-in against Laois on Satur­day, the ma­jor­ity had writ­ten off Johnny Magee’s men but they were in con­tention right un­til the dy­ing mo­ments in their first cham­pi­onship out­ing of the sea­son. Their ef­forts were noted and ap­pre­ci­ated by most fans. Aine Byrne: “Hard luck lads. That score wasn’t a fair re­flec­tion on the match”. Eu­gene Jor­dan: “Good ef­fort Wick­low” Brian Fan­ning: “Bril­liant per­for­mance. Ref­eree was a joke”. Jim O’Brien: “Same ev­ery year ef­fort was great but we should be a lot bet­ter than Laois” Sea­mas Doyle: “Can’t blame the play­ers…at least the want to play for our county”

Some fans of­fered ad­vice on what they felt were ob­vi­ous flaws in the Wick­low plan which, if amended, would make a world of dif­fer­ence.

Peter Porter: “Match was on Newstalk and they were full of credit for Wick­low. They said if we had a free taker we’d be only down two points or so go­ing into the last few min­utes..”

Sean Gre­gan: “Good solid ef­fort…Pity though, game was in the bal­ance – we handed them 1-1 from mis­takes from kick out in­side 30m + five missed frees from the 21…es­sen­tially a nine point turn­around…we need to cut out th­ese con­stant short­com­ings to push on a bit”

David Mi­ley: “Laois full for­ward line scored 2-10 be­tween them. Wick­low full for­ward line scored four points. Conor McGrayno sit­ting in the stand which would have made a huge dif­fer­ence for Wick­low, hope­fully Wick­low man­age­ment team bring him back for the next match. Well played by Wick­low though”.

Tony Ha­gan: “Seven points did not re­flect the game. If Wick­low had a free kick taker Laois were there to be taken. The Dubs won’t worry too much”.

Finally, ex­pert GAA pho­tog­ra­pher Dave Bar­rett made a star­tling point.

Dave Bar­rett: “Wick­low only had one player (Dean Healy) of the 39 Rath­new and St. Pa­trick’s play­ers who played in the 2015 Wick­low SFC fi­nal…”

Paul Cun­ning­ham of Wick­low in ac­tion against Dar­ren Strong of Laois in the Lain­ster Se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship.

In­ter­ested spec­ta­tors - Damien Power and James Stafford looked on as Wick­low clashed with Laois in Port­laoise.

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