Wednesday 7 December 2016

McCormack sparks Wicklow revival

Wicklow 2-14 Mayo 0-13

Published 14/03/2016 | 02:30

Gavin Weir, Wicklow, in action against Adrian Brennan, 4, and Danny Staunton, Mayo Photo: Sportsfile
Gavin Weir, Wicklow, in action against Adrian Brennan, 4, and Danny Staunton, Mayo Photo: Sportsfile
Patrick Connell, Mayo, in action against Anthony Byrne, Wicklow Photo: Sportsfile
Austin Lyons, Mayo, in action against Jamie Byrne, Wicklow Photo: Sportsfile

Wicklow took full advantage of a strong second-half wind to capture their first league points and end Mayo's winning streak in Division 2B at MacHale Park yesterday.

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The home side's interval lead of five points was never going to be enough against a stiff breeze in the second half.

But it was Wicklow's early second-half goal from Eoin McCormack, which set them on the road to victory, along with the unerring accuracy of dead-ball specialist, Christy Moorehouse.

Mayo were hanging in until substitute and man of the match, Michael Lee, struck with their second goal, 10 minutes from time, to seal a fully deserving victory.

Having struggled to take adantage of the elements, a late burst just before half-time saw Mayo go five clear at the break to make it 0-10 to 0-5.

Sean Mulroy, Kenny Feeney with his fifth free, and Gerard McManus opened up a five-point gap having played with a very strong wind at their backs. Moorehosue nailed three of Wicklow points including two frees and a '65.

SCORERS - Wicklow: C Moorehosue (7, 5f, 2'65), M Lee 1-4, E McCormack 1-0, G Weir and P Doran, M Lee 1-2. Mayo: K Feeney 0-9 (9f), G McManus, S Mulroy, S Boland, and E Collins 0-1 each.
MAYO - D O'Brien (7), B Hunt (7), P Connell (7), A Brennan (8), A Lyons (7), P O'Flynn (6), G McManus (7), E Collins (6), C Charlton (6), C Scahill (5), G Nolan (7), K McDermott (5), S Boland (6), K Keeney (8), S Mulroy (7). Subs: S Regan (6) for C Scahill (42), D Harrison (5) for Nolan (50), J Cotter (7) for O O'Flynn (54), N Casey (6) for E Collins (55), S Morley (5) for A Brennan (55).
WICKLOW - D O'Neill (8), L Maloney (7), B Cuddihy (8), W Kavanagh (7), P Keane (8), J Henderson (7), M O'Brien (8), R Keddy (6, E Keane (6), P. Doran (7), G Weir (7), E McCormack (7), C Moorehouse (8), A Byrne (7), J Byrne (6). Subs: M Lee (9) for J Byrne (15).
Ref - K McGeeney (Rosocmmon).

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