Winters warms up Maynooth to see off Wicklow
Nui Maynooth3-16 Wicklow 2-10
Maynooth's scoring spree in a 15-minute period in the second half proved vital in this Kehoe Cup clash.
Wicklow had drawn level in the second half, but Maynooth's 2-6, including a goal by Brian Molloy, put the game beyond Wicklow.
Maynooth led by 1-6 to 0-3 after 20 minutes, Paul Winters scoring 1-4. Wicklow's Diarmuid Masterson buried a goal into the top corner and Gavin Weir punished Maynooth from frees to leave a point between the teams at half-time (1-8 to 1-7).
Maynooth's other attackers took over from Winters after Wicklow levelled. The pick of the scores was Molloy's goal when he played a ball into Jim White and continued his run for a return pass and fine finish.
Wicklow fought well towards the end as Anthony Byrne scored a goal and Eamon Kearns put over a lovely point near the side line. They also got a penalty near the end as Gavin Weir faced his fellow Wicklow man Robert Fitzgerald in the Maynooth goal, but the goalkeeper saved.
Wicklow fought well as Anthony Byrne netted a consolation goal.
Scorers - NUIM: P Winters 1-5 (2f, 1 '65) , B Molloy 1-1 (1f) , J White 1-0, N Kenny (1f), D Burke 0-3 each, E Kenny 0-2, J Bellew, R Donohue 0- 1 each. Wicklow: G Weir 0-6 (3f) , A Byrne, D Masterson (1f) 1-1 each, E Kearns, D Nolan 0-1 each.
NUI Maynooth - R Fitzgerald; C Breen, M Campion, P Deegan; D Hennessey, E McLoughlin, K Sheridan; J Bellew, R Donohue; P Winters, J White, N Kenny; B Molloy, D Burke, E Kenny. Subs: T Stafford for Deegan (44), A Gleeson for Bellew (61).
Wicklow - D O'Neill; P Keane, B Cuddihy, W Kavanagh; L Maloney, J Henderson, M O'Brien; D Masterson, R Keddy; D Nolan, S Kelly, C Moorehouse; G Weir, A Byrne, P Doran. Subs: E Kearns for Moorehouse (h-t), J Byrne for Nolan (44), M Lee for Doran (47), E Dunne for Kavanagh (57).
Ref - B Redmond (Wexford)