Shield suc­cess for Garden side

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT -

THE Wick­low Un­der-16 hurl­ing team trav­elled to Ferns to take part in the Un­der-16 development squad’s tour­na­ment. Wick­low were drawn in a group that was com­prised of West­meath and Meath.

The Wick­low team be­gan the day against a string West­meath team.

Un­for­tu­nately the team con­ceded a quick brace of goals and found it hard to re­cover from the early set back of the goals and saw West­meath run out com­fort­able win­ners in the end.

The sec­ond of the group games saw the boys come up against Meath who, with the aim of a strong wind in the first half, opened a com­mand­ing lead by half-time.

With the sec­ond half un­der way and with the aid of the strong wind now in the Wick­low team’s favour, saw the lead be­gin­ning to re­duce with strong per­for­mances from Bran­don Ryan and a very hard work­ing full-for­ward line of Brian Keogh, Liam Som­mers and Torna Mul­con­roy.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Wick­low came up short with Meath’s first half dom­i­nance enough to see them over the line.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing two de­feats from two in the group games, Wick­low had then qual­i­fied for the Divi­sion 2 Shield semi-fi­nal.

Af­ter a break for the fi­nal group’s games and lunch, the next op­po­nents for Wick­low were Down in the semi-fi­nal.

Wick­low started the game the bet­ter with early scores form mid­fielder Eoin Ka­vanagh and some very good play from wing for­ward Jake O’Kelly.

With the teams en­ter­ing the fi­nal stages it was nip and tuck and some very good free tak­ing from PJ O’Con­nor, the Wick­low boys got over the line and were head­ing for the Shield fi­nal.

The Shield fi­nal saw a re­match of the sec­ond group game where Wick­low faced off against Meath for the sec­ond time in one day.

Un­like the first game, Wick­low didn’t al­low the Meath lads open a lead like the group game and saw the teams trad­ing score through­out the game.

Again some hard work in the for­wards proved to be the dif­fer­ence as Wick­low kept the pres­sure on the Meath team through­out the whole pitch.

Meath were pre­sented with a clear goal scor­ing op­por­tu­nity com­ing to the clos­ing stages of the games only to have Wick­low goal­keeper pull off a mag­nif­i­cent save from close range and pre­vent Meath tak­ing the lead.

Some ex­cel­lent per­for­mances from Liam Som­mers and Tom Moran cou­pled with some great late free tak­ing form PJ O’Con­nor saw an ex­cel­lent Wick­low Per­for­mance been re­warded with the and the Divi­sion 2 Shield.

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