TRIN­ITY GIVE WICK­LOW A DE­CENT TEST

Bray People - - SPORT - RICHARD CLUNE

TRIN­ITY proved to be a lit­tle bit tougher than IT Tal­laght but it did Wick­low no harm to work for their win and set them up for the Kehoe Cup fi­nal and the na­tional league.

The match was level, 1-12 each, with fif­teen min­utes to go but Wick­low pulled away in the fi­nal quar­ter, scor­ing 2-4 to Trin­ity’s point.

There were some good per­for­mances and some per­for­mances that war­rant im­prove­ment. Eoghan O’Ma­hony was very good in goal, pulling off three saves at piv­otal times to keep Trin­ity at bay.

In front of him Eu­gene Dunne and Garry Byrne did well and the other de­fend­ers had their mo­ments.

The for­ward line didn’t click as usual, too much ball was won by the Trin­ity de­fence.

Christy Moore­house missed a cou­ple of frees too many and Andy O’Brien has be­come ac­cus­tomed to scor­ing more than four points per match. He was lucky to not pick up a sec­ond yel­low card by show­ing his frus­tra­tion to­wards the ref­eree.

Ge­orge O’Brien cer­tainly didn’t hit the heights of last week­end and a cou­ple of the subs will be eye­ing up the chance to take a start­ing jersey in fu­ture games.

Wick­low started well and were two points to the good within five min­utes, Gerry Con­nors first and then Andy O’Brien fizzed a shot a foot too high for the top cor­ner.

But Trin­ity were not pre­pared to give Wick­low an easy ride and the game was level by the eighth minute through Don­nacha But­ler and Eoin Kelly.

In­deed they went ahead on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions only for Wick­low to re­ply each time and it was four points apiece ten min­utes later.

Ro­nan Keddy scored a scrappy goal to hand the im­pe­tus back to Wick­low and he and Moore­house tagged on a point each to give Wick­low a 1-6 to 0-4 lead on 22 min­utes. Trin­ity how­ever dom­i­nated the fi­nal pe­riod of the first half and outscored Wick­low by five points to one.

Eoin Kelly hit the pick of the scores with an out­ra­geous dum- my that sent War­ren Ka­vanagh sprawled across the ground, demon­strat­ing that by law any hurler named Eoin Kelly is good.

Eoghan O’Ma­hony kept Wick­low ahead with not one, but two penalty saves from Eoghan McNa­mara on the half hour mark.

Peter Keane fouled Kelly for a penalty and O’Ma­hony was ad­judged to have come off his line early for the first shot, much to the dis­gruntle­ment of the Wick­low subs and of­fi­cials.

The penalty was taken a sec­ond time and again O’Ma­hony saved it, de­flect­ing it out for a 65.

As he was get­ting some plau­dits and pats on the back, Peter Keane and Don­nacha But­ler were en­gag­ing in some shoul­der­ing, as hap­pens in matches. And as hap­pens in matches, the ref­eree bran­dished a yel­low card for both.

Only Keane got a sec­ond yel­low a few sec­onds later, much to the be­muse­ment of ev­ery­one, and Wick­low were down to four­teen men af­ter 31 min­utes.

Fionn O’Rian Broin dis­patched the 65 and Wick­low led by a point at half time, 1-7 to 9 points.

Trin­ity started the sec­ond half very well, putting the Wick­low backs un­der fierce pres­sure and hound­ing their ev­ery move that gave them a few chances they couldn’t con­vert.

They were made to rue those misses as Wick­low knocked over a few points to open a three point lead they main­tained un­til the 56th minute. At that point it looked like Wick­low would just about keep their noses in front for the rest of the match but Don­nacha But­ler had other ideas.

Martin O’Brien didn’t cut out a long ball that came in and But­ler got to it be­fore it went wide to pull and score a goal, level.

That jolted Moore­house into ac­tion who won the puck out and went through tack­les and swing­ing hurls and any­thing in his way to get a shot off and in­stantly re­store the goal lead.

Andy O’Brien added a point be­fore he was dragged back by the Trin­ity goal­keeper for a penalty that Moore­house duly dis­patched.

That made it 3-13 to 1-12 on the sixty minute mark and Wick­low saw the game out from there to set up a Kehoe Cup fi­nal meet­ing with Maynooth Univer­sity next week­end.

Wickow’s Andy O’Brie n knocks over a point.

Wick­low cap­tain Christy Moore­house is chased by Cian O’Rian Broin.

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