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The game at a glance

Man of the match: James Stafford (Wicklow)Rathnew's Stafford gets the vote ahead of super-sub Conor McGraynor after a mammoth stint in the engine room where he kicked two points and caught some inspirational ball.

Turning point

Wicklow were clinging to a one-point lead when sub McGraynor struck for his goal in the 62nd minute and opened a gap that Sligo couldn't bridge. After gaining possession, the 6'4" teenager ran straight at the Sligo goal and, as defenders backed off, he pressed on and drilled home a crisp, low shot.

Talking point

Aughrim is truly a footballing graveyard in the All-Ireland championship. In his fourth year at the helm in Wicklow, O'Dwyer is unbeaten there in summer fare and two years ago they defeated four Ulster teams at the stronghold, including 2010 finalists Down. All Wicklow fans will be praying for another home draw in the next round.

Ref watch

Laois ref Eddie Kinsella had a solid afternoon. He incurred the wrath of Sligo's Kevin Walsh for only playing three additional minutes, but to neutrals it didn't seem that short.

What they said

Mick O'Dwyer (Wicklow manager):

"It was a wonderful display of good open football with some great scores and movement and the subs who came in performed very well. There are still a few footballers around Wicklow, I think."

Kevin Walsh (Sligo manager):

"We more than likely wouldn't have caught Wicklow as they were pulling away at the end, but for other teams involved, I'd like someone to look at how these referees end up with two or three minutes (added time) every single day and it's an absolute joke."

Match statistics

Wides: Wicklow 9 (8). Sligo 8 (3)

Frees: Wicklow: 20 (9). Sligo 21 (11)

Yellow cards: Wicklow: 2 (McGrath, Glynn) Sligo: 4 (O'Hara, Egan, Breheny, Rooney).

Attendance: 3,500 (approx)

What next?

Wicklow play Armagh in the next round of qualifiers on Saturday week; it's the end of the road for Sligo.

Irish Independent