Wicklow suffer narrow defeat and remain in bottom spot
Leinster League Division 1A at Ashtown Lane: Wicklow 10 Suttonians 12
Wicklow's Senior men faced into a crucial home game against a strong Suttonians side on Saturday afternoon.
Injury has taken its toll on this squad but a determined Wicklow side took the field knowing they needed a win to start to pull away from the foot of the table.
The game was played on a damp day with a light breeze that was in the Dubliners favour in the first half.
The early exchanges were very tight with neither side giving much away.
The damp conditions were making ball handling extremely difficult and after some sloppy play Suttonians got over for the first try of the game after 22 minutes. The conversion was added and Wicklow trailed by 0-7.
Wicklow began to up the ante and Suttonians were reduced to 14 men on the half hour mark.
Unfortunately Wicklow were unable to capitalise on the one man advantage and a well organised and determined Suttonians defence held them out until the break.
The second half continued much as the first. Wicklow were competing well but finding it difficult to get their hands on the ball. When they did they were met with ferocious defence from a well drilled pack and solid backs.
With 20 minutes left some brilliant play by Wicklows backs cut Suttonians open and Luke Boyce fed Alex Porter who crossed for a well deserved try. The conversion from Niall Earls made it 7-7 and it was game on.
Suttonians worked their way back upfield and within five minutes went over for another score. the conversion was missed but Wicklow trailed 7-12. To their credit they didnt panic and worked their way back up field.
Wicklow were awarded a penalty. Niall Earls kicked the points and the gap was narrowed to two points with five minutes remaining at 10-12.
Wicklow threw the kitchen sink at the Suttonians line for the time that remained.
Every player emptied the tank but in the gathering gloom they could not make the vital breakthrough that the whole club yearned for. The final whistle blew and Wicklow had lost by 10-12.
This Wicklow team has had little or no luck since the start of the year.
They are just over half way through the league campaign and genuinely have the ability to beat any team in the league on their day.
To turn things around, the squad need to continue to work hard and know that the whole club is fully behind them.
This weekend they have what is now an absolutely huge game against Kilkenny in Kilkenny. Kick off is at 2.30pm with the seconds at 1pm.
Wicklow: Neil Dickenson, Jack McKenna, Dave Nicholson, Stephen Swan, George Naoupu, Liam Gaffney, Wes Wojnar, Michael Doyle, Denis Higgins, Niall Earls, Simon Breen, Luke Boyce, Alex Porter, Mark Higgins, Stephen Duffy. Replacements: Eddie Downes, Dylan Byrne Sam Porter.