Monday 20 November 2017

Injuries could lead to interesting selection

Injuries could lead to interesting side

The NHL starts on Sunday and for Wicklow that marks a step up in grade plus one of the longest journeys they will face this year.

The match against Derry is fixed for Celtic Park in the city and to give what will be an under-strength team any chance, Casey has organised an overnight stay in Monaghan.

While Casey was hoping to be able to start life in a higher grade with a full strength team he will just have to make do with what he has.

His first problem is a rather nice one - with Joe Murphy back will he be tempted to put him in goal and persuade Bosco to move out field?

A number of Wicklow supporters at the match against Meath in Trim were claiming that when we had the Royals on the run in the second half we should have brought Bosco up to finish off the job but we had no second goalie that day.

With Graham Keogh still out and Eugene Dunne under suspension the full back line will need strength. Brian Cuddihy is sure of one place, Peter Keane is also in contention but it may be necessary to pull back someone like Geoffrey Bermingham to strengthen the line. Gary Byrne and Brian Osborne should be two of the half backs but who will be the third? John Henderson looks the obvious choice should he be fit but Liam Kennedy could come into contention.

Fingers crossed that Ronan Keddy will make it back to fill the number eight jersey and Shane Byrne looks to be the obvious choice for the other midfield.

Jim Connors appears to be doing the job that Casey wants him to do at centre forward. There are a lot of options for the wings. Owen Mason, Gavin Byrne, Paul Gahan, Gavin Weir and Seanie Kinsella are among the options or could Mikey Lee be moved out there or John Henderson brought back from the half back line.

The key man up front is now Andy O'Brien and should he not make it we are in trouble. Christy Moorehouse has played himself on to the team this year and looks to be a certain starter and after that there are all the other imponderables.

One of course is Bosco but that may be asking a bit much of the Glenealy man and of Joe Murphy at this stage. Ronan Byrne comes into the reckoning for a place somewhere on the team. Casey could be tempted to try Daniel Staunton again if the going was good. Then there is Gino Fuiscardi, Paddy Farrell and Niall Toolis to be considered.

Back in defence Robert Byrne and Harry Stephenson are two players bidding for starting places.

A stiff battle ahead and no doubt about it but Casey and his men seem to thrive in that type of situation. A win would certainly give hurling in Wicklow a great boost.

On the home front Division 1 of the SFL starts this weekend with matches fixed for both Saturday and Sunday.

Wicklow People

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