U21s challenge Limerick
U21 Football (challenge) - Limerick 2-13; Wicklow 1-8
A slightly under strength Wicklow team took on Limerick in a challenge match at Portlaoise club grounds on Sunday.
The first half again was very even and quite competitive. Wicklow set the pace for much of the way and went in leading by 1-7 to 0-7 at half time.
However, there was a wind factor and when the Shannonsiders got that advantage in the second half they upped their game and put Wicklow under pressure in most sectors of the field.
Jimmy Kelly was the outstanding player in a good Wicklow defence in the first half while Martin O'Brien, Ross O'Brien and Daniel Woods also had their moments. But Aaron Murphy was sorely missed from the half back line.
Up front a relative newcomer Philip Murphy from Rathnew started off well and overall made a good impression. Conor McGraynor, who had match time with his college team during the week, was quiet enough at full forward, while the absence of Brendan McCrea and P.J. O'Keeffe was more than a moderate enough forward division could afford.
This team have a bye in the first round of the championship which is never much help to a county like Wicklow because they meet the winners of a first round match who have got the benefit of one championship outing under their belts and are up and running. Wicklow meet the winners of the Laois v. Offaly match.
Wicklow: Paul Miley, Jimmy Kelly, Martin O'Brien, Stephen Bohan, Jamie Snell, Ross O'Brien, Daniel Woods, Kevin Dempsey, Shane Hogan, Paddy O'Rourke, Theo Smith, John Henderson, Philip Murphy, Conor McGraynor, Brendan Swords. Subs: Patrick Crowley, John Deeney, Philip O'Connor, Daniel Keane.