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Murphy has crucial hand in Wicklow's final date

Wicklow, who have won 12 Leinster titles in the Vocational Schools Senior Football Championship to date, booked their place in yet another provincial final, after a one-point win over Dublin in a cracking game of football at Roundwood on Saturday.

The sides were level three times over the hour, while Wicklow's victory was underpinned by a much improved second-half performance.

Dublin led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break but Wicklow had a whirlwind start to the first five minutes of the second half. Wicklow registered a point by corner-forward Eamonn Wolfe and a goal flicked to the net by Stuart Murphy from a lineball by his midfield partner, the hugely influential Conor McGraynor.

Dublin battled back to regain a two-points advantage at 0-11 to 1-6 entering the last quarter.

But despite having to line-out without one of their star players -- Hughie Douglas -- Wicklow dug deep and scored the last three points by McGraynor, Wolfe, and Dean Healy to sneak a narrow win.

The two teams had a man sent off with red cards in the first five minutes of the second half.

Scorers -- Wicklow: C McGraynor 0-5, S Murphy 1-0, E Wolfe 0-2, D Healy, E Devlin 0-1 each.

Dublin: D Brady 0-5, C Dunne, D Mylod 0-2 each, C McHugh, S Cashin 0-1 each.

Wicklow -- P Miley; P O'Toole, P Geoghegan, S Fisher; S Ryder, J Byrne, A O Briain; S Murphy, C McGraynor; D Healy, J Merrigan, T Smith; E Devlin, E Wolfe, C McKenna. Subs: J Snell for S Fisher, P Crowley for A O Briain, Martin O'Brien for P O'Toole, C Power for C McKenna.

Dublin -- M Cooke; S Clarke, A Parsons, S Donoghue; C McHugh, B Creed, J McMahon; M Brady, S Cashin; C Dunne, L Alia, A Fallon; A Shanaghan, D Brady, D Mylod. Subs: M Griffin for A Shanaghan, S O'Donovan for L Alia.

Ref -- A Lagrue (Kildare).

Irish Independent

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