Wednesday 16 October 2019

No reason whatsoever why hurlers can't bring home glory

The passionate plea of Wicklow Senior hurling captain Warren Kavanagh has fallen on deaf ears with the Wicklow hurlers facing a trip to Iniskeen in Monaghan for their eagerly anticipated Allianz NHL Division 2B decider with Derry.

Eamonn Scallan's men earned the right to contest the national final after beating the Derry men in their last league encounter by 2-16 to 0-16 in Derry last Sunday and they will travel to Monaghan this Sunday knowing that while the challenge will be great, it is well within their grasp to secure this precious hurling honour and set themselves up nicely for the Christy Ring Cup.

It's been a league campaign of gradual improvement for the hurlers with each passing week producing a more united and efficient performance.

Last Sunday's display by the entire half-back line of Warren Kavanagh, Stephen Kelly and Gary Byrne was hugely impressive while Billy Cuddihy, Bryan Kearney and Martin Fitzgerald did very little wrong behind them.

Andy O'Brien's welcome return has seen Wicklow's goal threat rise dramatically and the Pat's man was on target again last weekend with a rocket to the back of the Derry net in the opening half.

Perhaps most pleasing for Eamonn Scallan has been the performances of his younger players all over the field but especially in the form of Eoin McCormack, Cian Staunton, Enda Donohue and Jonathan O'Neill Jnr with McCormack finishing sweetly to the back of the Derry net for the second goal to put the game to bed after a strong comeback from the home side.

With class like Eamonn Kearns and Danny Staunton to come off the bench and with experience and hurling quality in the hands of John Henderson and Christy Moorehouse, there's no reason why this Wicklow side can't go to Monaghan and come home as league champions.

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