'Garden' Future starting to look Rosy with Micko
While the sadness at losing their game to Laois on Saturday night will hit the players and mentors of Wicklow hard in its own right, what will really hurt them is the manner in which that defeat came about.
Because the harsh reality that must be separated from the romance of the underdog as represented by Wicklow is that they were the cause of their own downfall. That is always harder for losers in any sport to swallow, that they failed to do themselves justice on the big occasion.
Right from the start this was the case and in every situation where sharp concentration and a cool head was needed it was Wicklow players who got it wrong. As a result they handed over ball after ball with shocking carelessness to willing Laois players. It allowed Laois dominate the first half and they should have led by a lot more than the 0-9 to 0-4 at the break.