Ladies drop to Ju­nior af­ter tough de­feat to Leitrim

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

THE Wicklow ladies brought the cur­tain down on a par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­point­ing sea­son by suf­fer­ing rel­e­ga­tion back to Ju­nior ranks fol­low­ing a 6-12 to 3-14 de­feat to Leitrim in Kin­negad last Sun­day in the All-Ire­land In­ter­me­di­ate rel­e­ga­tion play-off.

It brings to a close a dif­fi­cult sea­son for man­ager James Kelly in his first year in charge and sends the Wicklow women down to the Ju­nior ranks from there they es­caped thanks to that mem­o­rable vic­tory over New York in Croke Park back in 2011.

Wicklow were in the rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight as they scored fewer points (scores over the bar) in their draw with Long­ford in the group stages, while Leitrim fin­ished bottom of their group, los­ing out to Roscom­mon and Of­faly.

Leitrim en­joyed an elec­tric start to the game with 2-2 in the bag af­ter 11 min­utes.

They led by 4-7 to 0-6 at the break and opened up a 5-10 to 1-7 lead at the end of the third quar­ter.

How­ever, credit to Wicklow, they bat­tled back with ev­ery­thing they had and went on to score 2-7 in the last 15 min­utes but Leitrim bagged a to­tal of 6-12 and they sur­vived.

A team from Wicklow Rugby Club are pic­tured at half-time at an Aviva Minis Exhibition game dur­ing Ire­land v Italy game on Satur­day last.

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