West side have too much for New­town in cup de­cider

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WICK­LOW GAA County Chair­man Martin Fitzger­ald pre­sented the mag­nif­i­cent West Wick­low Cup to Dunlavin full-back and cap­tain Sean Phe­lan fol­low­ing his sides’ com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over a dis­ap­point­ing New­town in the Divi­sion 1A foot­ball league fi­nal played in Aughrim on Mon­day night last, June 24.

The north Wick­low side never re­ally got go­ing and the sharper, more wound up team from the Kil­dare bor­der be­lied their In­ter­me­di­ate sta­tus and won very com­fort­ably over their more ex­alted Se­nior op­po­nents.

In­deed, there were shades of last Sun­days’ Le­in­ster foot­ball fi­nal in that it ap­peared for a long time that New­town might not score at all in the first half. How­ever, Sean Hef­fer­nan got them on the score­board in the 17th minute when he con­verted their only score of the half.

Dunlavin at­tacked at pace straight from the throw in and had two points on the board from mid­fielder Daniel Daw­son and cen­tre for­ward Marty Caplis by the fourth minute.

The scor­ing rate dropped off as New­town be­gan to come more into the game. Full-for­ward Sean Hef­fer­nan be­gan to drop out deep into the mid­field area and was help­ing to link up with the half for­wards in a car­ry­ing, run­ning game.

How­ever, there was an el­e­ment of rob­bing Peter to pay Paul about their play. Hef­fer­nan had to work hard to get to where he could be most ef­fec­tive in the scor­ing area. In ad­di­tion, the smaller New­town for­wards were get­ting lit­tle sym­pa­thy from the hard-tackling Dunlavin de­fend­ers and most move­ments were com­ing un­stuck as the men from the West broke up at­tacks and re­turned to the at­tack.

In con­trast to New­town, Dunlavin were far bet­ter at de­liv­er­ing the early kicked pass to their full-for­ward line where Shane O’Rourke was reg­u­larly show­ing in front. O’Rourke set up Daw­son for his sec­ond point and Marty Caplis got his sec­ond on the quar­ter hour mark.

Thomas Lawlor pointed com­ing up to 20 min­utes and mid­fielder Eoin Murtagh scored their fi­nal point of the first half off his left foot com­ing up to the half-time break. Dunlavin led by 0-5 to 0-1 but prob­a­bly should have been a few points more ahead.

The gap was not im­pos­si­ble for New­town, but they needed to play much bet­ter in the sec­ond pe­riod hav­ing had a ter­ri­ble first half.

Dunlavin brought on Cian O’Sullivan and Darragh Dillon at half-time. O’Sullivan was to play a big part in the out­come of the game in the sec­ond half. New­town be­gan the sec­ond pe­riod in a much-im­proved fash­ion and be­gan to hunt for the scores needed to close the gap.

The flow of play was strongly in the di­rec­tion of the Dunlavin goal in the first seven or eight min­utes with Shane Mooney, Mark Fitzsimons, Paul O’Rior­dan, Neil Martin, Sean Hef­fer­nan and Ross Davis putting on the pres­sure.

How­ever, their shoot­ing was ter­ri­ble, and they found it im­pos­si­ble to score, miss­ing from play and frees.

In al­most their first at­tack of the sec­ond half Dunlavin pointed when Cian O’Sullivan scored a sweet point off the out­side of his left foot. O’Sullivan dis­played for the re­main­der of the game that he knew where the posts were and went on to score a fur­ther three points.

Neil Martin pointed a free for New­town af­ter ten min­utes and had what was to be their last score when he pointed another free in the 17th minute.

The New­town re­vival of the early sec­ond half sub­sided and Dunlavin went on to score fur­ther points from Darragh Dillon, another from Cian O’Sullivan and a fine point from a free by Thomas Lawlor to lead by 0-10 to 0-3 af­ter 20 min­utes.

Cian O’Sullivan fin­ished off a fine half hour’s play off the bench when he scored two fur­ther points in the fi­nal ten min­utes. This vic­tory will be a great boost for Dunlavin go­ing into the in­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­onship. For New­town its back to the draw­ing board and they will need to quickly leave this dis­ap­point­ing dis­play be­hind them.

Scor­ers - Dunlavin: Cian O’Sullivan 0-4, Daniel Daw­son 0-2, Thomas Lawlor 0-2, Marty Caplis 0-2, Eoin Murtagh and Daragh Dillon 0-1 each.

New­town: Neil Martin 0-2 and Sean Hef­fer­nan 0-1. Pho­tos: Joe Byrne

The Dunlavin team and sup­port­ers cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the West Wick­low Cup by beat­ing New­town in Aughrim on Mon­day evening last.

Dunlavin’s Paul Murtagh and New­town’s Paul O’Rior­dan in ac­tion dur­ing the West Wick­low Cup fi­nal in Aughrim.

Dunlavin cap­tain Sean Phe­lan re­ceives the West Wick­low Cup from Wick­low GAA County Chair­man Martin Fitzger­ald in Aughrim on Mon­day evening.

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