Monday 11 December 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Leighton Glynn (Wicklow)

Despite a quiet first half by his lofty standards, he was the difference between the sides, finishing with 1-4. Brendan Murphy was superb for Carlow but his red card soured an excellent championship debut.

Turning point

Glynn's goal midway through the second half killed off any hope Carlow had of causing an upset.

Talking point

The new interpretation of the hand-pass rule and the strict enforcement of where frees and sideline kicks are taken from causes frustration.

Ref watch

Gearoid O Conamha laid down the law and was consistent. But 16 yellow cards and three reds is a damning statistic in a game devoid of cynicism.

They said:

Mick O'Dwyer (Wicklow):

"It was an exceptionally clean game -- that's crazy stuff (the number of cards). In my time there wouldn't even be half a card given."

Luke Dempsey (Carlow):

"For the first Wicklow score there was clearly a throw and a player over-carried. That's not the reason we lost but the referee was very frustrating. Wicklow fouled incessantly: maybe we need to be more professional."

Match statistics

Attendance: 5,225

Wides: Wicklow 6 (3), Carlow 12 (7)

Frees: Wicklow 19 (11), Carlow 22 (13)

Yellow Cards: Wicklow (9) M Travers, S Kelly, P McWalter, B McGrath, J Stafford, L Glynn, T Hannon, N Mernagh (18, 35), Carlow (7) P Murphy, A Curran, J Hayden, B Murphy, T Walsh (28, 70), M Carpenter.

Red Cards: Wicklow N Mernagh (35), Carlow B Murphy (62), T Walsh (70)

What next

Wicklow play Westmeath on June 6 in the Leinster quarter-final; Carlow play in the first round of the Qualifiers on June 26.

Irish Independent

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