Wick­low set for Down test

Quar­ter-fi­nal clash awaits

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KIL­DARE WICK­LOW 7-19 2-8

AF­TER their Celtic Chal­lenge Group D ad­ven­tures that saw the Wick­low Mi­nors se­cure three top notch vic­to­ries to top their group be­fore fall­ing to an in­con­se­quen­tial but heavy de­feat to Kil­dare last Wed­nes­day evening in Hawk­field, Owen Doyle’s side have been drawn against Down in the Corn William Robinson quar­ter-fi­nals which will be played on Satur­day, June 16.

Wins over Car­low, Meath and West­meath put Wick­low on top of their Group D ta­ble while their Li­ly­white con­querors fin­ished one place lower.

Down, play­ing in Group H, topped their group with five wins from five over the likes of Derry, Antrim, Ar­magh, Fer­managh and Ty­rone and will no dobt present a stiff chal­lenge to the Gar­den County side.

The other quar­ter-fi­nals in Corn William Robinson will be con­tested be­tween Lim­er­ick Sars­fields and Gal­way Tribes­men, Clare Saf­frons will take on Lim­er­ick Treaty while Derry will face Meath. Venues and times to be con­firmed at this stage.

Wed­nes­day night’s de­feat to Kil­dare in Hawk­field should right­fully be dis­re­garded by the play­ers and sup­port­ers for the most part.

It would be im­por­tant for the skele­tal panel that trav­elled up for the game to learn some use­ful lessons from the en­counter that was over as a con­test by half-time when the home side led by 5-12 to 2-5 against a Wick­low side that were miss­ing at least 10 starters.

An ex­tremely frus­trat­ing sec­ond half fol­lowed for Wick­low with the of­fi­ci­at­ing leav­ing a fright­ful amount to be de­sired.

Re­gard­less of the re­sult, there were some de­cent per­for­mances and some fine scores for the Wick­low side who had to give sec­ond best to what was a very use­ful Kil­dare side who had mid­fielder Neil Ryan shin­ing bright­est for the home side.

Wick­low cap­tain David Maloney put in a big shift for his side, scor­ing a won­der goal in the open­ing half, while John Doyle, Bran­don Ryan, Torna Mul­con­roy and Liam Somers tried hard to name but a few.

Wick­low scor­ers - David Maloney 1-2 (2f), Liam Somers 1-2, John Doyle 0-2, Zach Cullen 0-1, Conor Hardi­man 0-1.

Conor Con­nolly; Kevin Kin­sella (Avon­dale), Tim Byrne (Ark­low Rocks), Jack Mur­ray (Ti­na­hely); Bran­don Ryan (Kil­te­gan), Dara Owens (Aughrim), Adam Bushe (Bray Em­mets); Torna Mul­con­roy (Bal­li­na­cor), John Doyle (Carnew Em­mets); Conor Hardi­man (Bray Em­mets), Zach Cullen (Avon­dale), Liam Somers (Ark­low Rocks); Michael Tim­mons (Bray Em­mets), Oisin O’Neill (Gle­nealy), David Maloney (Bray Em­mets). Sub: Des Byrne (Bali­na­cor)

Tadhg Halpin; Rossa O’Brien, Kevin Car­roll, Cian Doyle; Josh Mor­gan, Colm Nolan, Pe­ter O’Donoghue; Eoin Wil­son, Neil Ryan; Aaron Browne, Ben Travers, Cathal Crib­bin; Daniel O’Gor­man, Aaron Kear­ney, Eoin Reilly.

Wick­low cap­tain David Maloney in ac­tion in Hawk­field.

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