A Wee bit bet­ter

Wick­low fall to Louth in Shield fi­nal

Bray People - - SPORT - SHIELD FI­NAL

A crack­ing game of foot­ball saw Louth scor­ing the last four scores as time ex­pired to hold off Wick­low in the Gerry Reilly U-16 foot­ball Shield fi­nal played last Satur­day in Mill­brook, Old­cas­tle.

Con­di­tions were not good, both after very heavy show­ers all day, but de­spite that we were treated to an ex­cit­ing and very com­pet­i­tive game of foot­ball.

Wick­low had the wind be­hind them in the first half and opened the scor­ing with a coverted free by Eoin Darcy.

They could have added to that, but a poor shot was made into the goalie’s hands.

How­ever they soon made up for that after Eoin Darcy was pulled down in the square,and Alan Bar­rett made no mis­take from the penalty spot.

Gabriel Bell got Louth off the mark with a point Wick­low had more chances, but were off tar­get on two oc­ca­sions be­fore Eoin Darcy con­verted a free in the 14th minute to lead 1-2 to 0-1. Jonathan got a point two min­utes later to nar­row the gap be­tween the sides.

Wick­low had two more points efore Louth scored three points on the trot by the 26th minute. Points were ex­changed just be­fore the break by Ruairi Tomp­kins and Jonathan Com­mins (f) to leave the half-time score at Wick­low 1-5, Louth 0-6.

At times the gusty wind seemed stronger in the sec­ond half.

Louth got the open­ing score, but then Eoin Darcy fin­ished off a great move from Gavin Fog­a­rty to get Wick­low’s sec­ond goal.

Wick­low led by 2-6 to to 0-7 by the 39th minute. Points were ex­changed again be­fore Louth seemed to be get­ting con­trol of the game with some ter­rific scores in­clud­ing Ryan Walsh (2f) and Padraig Duffy (2) to have the sides level at 0-13 to 2-7.

Louth con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate and added four unan­swerd points to seem­ingly have a com­mand­ing lead.

How­ever, Alan Bar­rett’s goal had Wick­low right back in it ad they fol­lowed up with an Eoin Darcy point from a free to have the sides level.

But Louth re­sponded with four unan­swered points as tme was ex­pir­ing. Wick­low did have a goal at­tempt in the the 64th minute that could have tied things up, but Louth’s Ryan Walsh made surethat there was go­ing to be no way back for Wick­low with a point from a free.

Wick­low: Kian Ger­aghty, Cian McHugh, Daire Devine, Ja­son Steed, Johnny Keogh, Fionn O’Car­roll, Gavin Fog­a­rty, Cian Walsh, Sean Doody, Alan Bar­rett (2-0), Shaun Cran­ley (0-1), Oisin Cullen, Sean Ma­son, Eoin Darcy (1-4), Ruairi Tomp­kins (0-3)

Subs: Niall Gaffney for Ger­aghty, Eoin Mur­phy for Ma­son, Ben Fen­nell for Steed, Craig Len­non for Doody, Ger­ard White for Fog­a­rty

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