Wicklow beaten by Laois in shield final
LAOIS 2-8 WICKLOW 0-7
THE Wicklow under-16 footballers came up short in the Gerry Reilly Leinster U16 Shield final played in Millbrook, Oldcastle, on Saturday afternoon after a Laois blitz in the last quarter which saw them score two crucial goals against the Garden County men.
Laois had the strong wind advange in the first half, but it was Wicklow had the first scoring chance when their goal attempt was deflected for a 45.
Laois got the first score when Colin Dunne pointed. Joe Mills equalised for Wicklow, But Colin Dunne put Laois ahead with 2 points(1f). Wicklow’s, Joe Mills second point before DJ White pointed from a free to leave two between the sides at the break Half-time: Laois 0-4, Wicklow 0-2.
Wicklow now had the wind and went on to lead for the first time with four points added to Laois’ single effort.
But then when Colin Dunne got Laois’ first goal in the final quarter, they got on top and Wicklow seemed to tire. Wicklow never gave up, but the result was put beyond any doubt with Adam Burns’ second goal for Laois as time ran out.
Scorers for Laois: Colin Dunne (1-4, 2f),Adam Burns (1-0), Oisin Hooney (0-2), Ross Merdith and DJ White(f) (0-1) each
Scorers for Wicklow: Joe Mill (0-3,1f), Daniel Cooney, Joe Prendergast, Ross Quinn and Niall O’Connor (0-1) each
WICKLOW: Sean O’Neill (Éire Óg), Mark Evans (St. Patrick’s), Ross Quinn (Rathnew), Jean Luc Morris (St Kevins), Matt Nolan (An Tochar), Luke O’Brien (Blessington), Shane Collins (Kilcoole), Daniel Cooney (Blessington), Joe Prendergast (Éire Óg), Liam O’Neill (Coolkenno), Micky O’Rourke (St Nicholas), Niall O’Connor (Baltinglass), Joe Mills (St Nicholas), Eoin Doyle (Rathnew), Noah Sheridan (Ashford). Subs/Panel: Daniel Silke Featherson (Blessington), JP Nolan (An Tochar), Hugh O’Toole (Baltinglass), Cormac McGraynor (Avondale), Cian Timmons (An Tochar), Andrew Nolan (An Tochar), Oisin Morrissey (Michael Dwyers), Rory O’Dare (Tinahely), Shane Arthur (Derry Gaels), Sean Harmon (Michael Dwyers), Ryan Kavanagh (St Patricks), Conor Murphy (Bray Emmets), Ewan Cultbert (Rathnew), Patrick Murphy (Tinahely), Stephen Connolly (Baltinglass), Sam Bishop (Ashford), Oisin Gorman (Tinahely), Brandon Hanlon (AGB), Calum Mutton (Tinahely), Mickey O’Toole (Blessington), Ryan Delamere (An Tochar), Conor Byrne (Derry Gaels), Niall Sheehan (An Tochar), Kevin Leonard (Barndarrig), Neil O’Galloighoir (Blessington).
REFEREE: Padraig Boylan (Meath)
The Wicklow under-16 footballers who lost out to Laois in the Gerry Reilly Shield final in Oldcastle last weekend.