Wicklow's Lady footballers commence
Wicklow's Lady footballers commence their championship journey with a visit from the London lassies to Bray's pitch on Saturday next for a 2pm throw-in.
Wicklow, who struggled in their league campaign, have since regrouped in fine fashion and training has been continuing a pace under the watchful eyes of manager and selectors Peter Ward and Fergal Olohan together with Kevin Singleton who make up the management team.
London are a totally unknown factor but in Charlotte Faughnan, Hannah Noonan and Laura Power they have proven ball winners.
However London come into this match off the back of a big loss last week in the first of the round robin matches to Longford on a score of 2-11 to 0-3.
How they regroup will decide this match. The match in Longford will bring them on but the question is how much and have they the stomach for a match which will decide their destiny in the championship.
If London can strengthen their team (as they can do with so many exiles currently residing there) then they will be far more competitive.
But the Wicklow girls are progressing nicely and a victory would assure them of a Leinster final with the added bonus of not having to play Longford in their round robin series.
The Wicklow team, obviously in transition, will relish this opportunity to show their true ability.
The youthful experience of Meadhbh Deeney, Sarah Miley, Elaina Fusciardi, Áine Byrne, Niamh Reid, Erinne Murphy, Lucy Mulhall and the Hogan sisters (Sarah and Laura) allied to stalwarts like Lorna Fusciardi, Eadaoine Lenihan, Laurie Ahern and Emer Miley will ensure that Wicklow remain competitive when the going gets tough.
The newer championship faces, who are the future of Wicklow ladies, include Amy Murphy, Rose Fagan, Katie Charles, Georgina Canavan and Imogen English and they will also fight their corner for the Garden County when called upon.
The squad were dealt a blow when both Áine O'Gorman and Claire Walsh received injuries which will sideline them for the rest of the season and we wish them well in their recovery but the team will fight all the stronger as a result of this setback.
This is certainly a match that will be decided by Wicklow's attitude and a very strong vote of confidence is given to Wicklow to put London to the sword and come out victorious by a four to five points margin.
However in order to help this squad of young Wicklowians the home support will be a vital factor.
Our girls are playing at home while London fly in on Friday evening and will lack any real support in Bray.
It is vital that Wicklow supporters get out to show their support for the team as they battle to qualify for another Leinster final. So if you're about on Saturday where better to travel than to the beautiful Bray venue in north Wicklow for the 2pm throw-in.