Murphy has crucial hand in Wicklow's final date
Published 25/01/2010 | 05:00
Wicklow, who have won 12 Leinster titles in the Vocational Schools Senior Football Championship to date, booked their place in yet another provincial final, after a one-point win over Dublin in a cracking game of football at Roundwood on Saturday.
The sides were level three times over the hour, while Wicklow's victory was underpinned by a much improved second-half performance.
Dublin led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break but Wicklow had a whirlwind start to the first five minutes of the second half. Wicklow registered a point by corner-forward Eamonn Wolfe and a goal flicked to the net by Stuart Murphy from a lineball by his midfield partner, the hugely influential Conor McGraynor.
Dublin battled back to regain a two-points advantage at 0-11 to 1-6 entering the last quarter.
But despite having to line-out without one of their star players -- Hughie Douglas -- Wicklow dug deep and scored the last three points by McGraynor, Wolfe, and Dean Healy to sneak a narrow win.
The two teams had a man sent off with red cards in the first five minutes of the second half.
Scorers -- Wicklow: C McGraynor 0-5, S Murphy 1-0, E Wolfe 0-2, D Healy, E Devlin 0-1 each.
Dublin: D Brady 0-5, C Dunne, D Mylod 0-2 each, C McHugh, S Cashin 0-1 each.
Wicklow -- P Miley; P O'Toole, P Geoghegan, S Fisher; S Ryder, J Byrne, A O Briain; S Murphy, C McGraynor; D Healy, J Merrigan, T Smith; E Devlin, E Wolfe, C McKenna. Subs: J Snell for S Fisher, P Crowley for A O Briain, Martin O'Brien for P O'Toole, C Power for C McKenna.
Dublin -- M Cooke; S Clarke, A Parsons, S Donoghue; C McHugh, B Creed, J McMahon; M Brady, S Cashin; C Dunne, L Alia, A Fallon; A Shanaghan, D Brady, D Mylod. Subs: M Griffin for A Shanaghan, S O'Donovan for L Alia.
Ref -- A Lagrue (Kildare).