Im­proved display from un­der-16s

Wick­low lose to strong Kerry out­fit

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - PADDY HICKEY

WICK­LOW gave them­selves a fillip for their three re­main­ing games in the All-Ire­land Un­der-16 ‘C’ Camo­gie Cham­pi­onship by pro­duc­ing a much im­proved per­for­mance on their first round loss to Roscom­mon in their sec­ond round tie against Kerry, at Grey­stones on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

In the clash against the Rossies, the Gar­den County man­aged to only amass the meagre to­tal of 1-1, while con­ced­ing 2-9, so it was very heart­en­ing to see the Wick­low at­tack make a much more sig­nif­i­cant im­pres­sion on the score­board on this oc­ca­sion.

And that factor bodes favourably for their re­main­ing games in the com­pe­ti­tion against, Ty­rone, Mayo and Ca­van – all away.

But, of course, on the debit side was the fact that Wick­low con­ceded the mas­sive to­tal of 10-16, and this means that a ma­jor im­prove­ment will be re­quired in the de­fen­sive de­part­ment for the rest of the All-Ire­land cam­paign.

How­ever, with re­gard to the three fu­ture out­ings, the Gar­den County de­fence will likely will likely not have to deal with a for­ward of such out­stand­ing qual­ity as Kerry ace Amy O’Sullivan who shot the mag­nif­i­cent to­tal of 5-9 at the Eire Og club ground.

From an early stage of the contest, O’Sullivan un­der­lined her re­mark­able skill level and in­sa­tiable hunger for work, shoot­ing three points in the open­ing five min­utes and post­ing a first half to­tal of 3-7 to help the visit­ing side to a 4-9 to 4-4 lead at half-time.

On the restart, the Kerry for­ward, whose sear­ing pace reg­u­larly helped her to leave Wick­low defenders trail­ing in her wake, added a fur­ther 2-2 to her per­sonal tally, as the King­dom im­proved on their first round draw with Mayo.

At the in­ter­val, the Wick­low men­tors would have been rea­son­ably happy with the fact that their side trailed by just five points.

But in just the first 10 min­utes of the sec­ond half the visit­ing side ef­fec­tively put the game out of the op­po­si­tion’s reach by adding 4-4 to their half-time score, with not a sin­gle point in re­ply from the Gar­den County.

By the 47th minute, Kerry had ex­tended their lead to 8-15 to 4-6, but, to their credit, Wick­low never threw in the towel, and in a three minute spell be­tween the 48th and 51st minute, they shot an unan­swered 2-1, the goals com­ing from two of their most prom­i­nent play­ers in Daisy-Sum­mer Cullen-Dunne and Am­ber House, who re­spec­tively con­trib­uted to­tals of 4-1 and 2-0.

De­spite the 18 point margin be­tween the sides at the fi­nal whis­tle, Wick­low se­lec­tor Breda Don­nelly took a lot of en­cour­age­ment from her side’s per­for­mance.

“Be­cause of hol­i­days, we were miss­ing a num­ber of play­ers to­day, and in the sec­ond half we brought on two un­der-14s in Poppy-Rose Cullen-Dunne and Emily Tyrrell,” she pointed out.

“Of course, we would have pre­ferred to have con­ceded a lot less than 10-16, but still it was very heart­en­ing that we scored a lot more than the 1-1 we only man­aged in the game against Roscom­mon.

“That shows there is a lot of po­ten­tial in the side and it’s now up to the play­ers to bring it on to the next level.”

Her Kerry coun­ter­part John Shee­han, whose side left the King­dom at 7.50 on Sun­day morn­ing, was full of praise for the Wick­low team’s ef­forts.

“De­spite the fi­nal score­line, Wick­low re­ally put it up to us and they have a num­ber of out­stand­ing play­ers,” he re­marked.

“I think our ex­cel­lent level of fit­ness proved the dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides in the end – we have a num­ber of play­ers who also play football and they’re in

very good physical shape.

“We weren’t happy with the fact that we con­ceded 4-4 in the first half, but we had a few words with the girls at half-time and they tight­ened up things at the back in the sec­ond half.”

Scor­ers –

Kerry: Amy O’Sullivan 5-9, Emma Conway 2-1, Alanna Garcia, Alanna Stritch 1-2 each, Katelyn Stack 1-0, Emma O’Donoghue, Ellen O’Donoghue 0-1 each.

Wick­low: Daisie-Sum­mer Cullen-Dunne 4-1, Am­ber House 2-0, Or­lagh Wa­ters 1-0, Sophie Ber­ming­ham 0-2 (1f, 1’45’), Kate Tyrrell 0-2 (2 ‘45’), Ciara Boland, Ais­ling Goff 0-1 each.

KERRY: Kate Kenny; Katie Dwyer, Stacey Leahy, Sarah Kear­ney; Ave Healy, Ellen O’Donoghue, Cara Cullen; Ais­ling Han­nafan, Katelyn Leen; Dervla Jef­fers, Katelyn Stack, Saoirse Moloney; Alanna Garcia, Alanna Stritch, Amy O’Sullivan.

WICK­LOW: Sophie Ber­ming­ham (Kil­te­gan); Clau­dia Turner (Avon­dale), Siob­han Darcy (Eire Og), Shauna Kelly (Gle­nealy); Laura Doyle (An­nacurra), KatieTyrre­ll (Donard/Glen), Maire Dee­gan (Carnew); Faye Cor­ri­gan (Kil­te­gan), Roisin Byrne (Knock­annna); Am­ber House (Kil­te­gan), Ciara Boland (Kil­te­gan), Han­nah Doyle (An­nacurra); Or­lagh Wa­ters (Donard/ Glen), Daisie-Sum­mer Cullen-Dunne (Donard/Glen), Ais­ling Goff (Eire Og). Subs: Tanya Sun­der­land for Turner (half­time), Emily Tyrrell for Darcy (half-time), Poppy-Rose Cullen-Dunne for Tyrrell (45).

Wick­low U-16s, who per­formed well in their de­feat to Kerry.

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