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Cathal Fitzgerald of Kiltegan scores the third goal against Tinahely during the Wicklow County Senior Football Championship Round 1 match between Tinahely and Kiltegan at Baltinglass GAA Club in Baltinglass, Wicklow. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Cathal Fitzgerald of Kiltegan scores the third goal against Tinahely during the Wicklow County Senior Football Championship Round 1 match between Tinahely and Kiltegan at Baltinglass GAA Club in Baltinglass, Wicklow. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Cathal Fitzgerald of Kiltegan scores the third goal against Tinahely during the Wicklow County Senior Football Championship Round 1 match between Tinahely and Kiltegan at Baltinglass GAA Club in Baltinglass, Wicklow. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Four first-round games saw Wicklow kick off its senior football championship at the weekend with a ding-dong extra-time battle between local rivals Tinahely and Kiltegan the pick of the action.

All 12 teams in the championship are guaranteed two games with the four semi-finalists from last year receiving a bye in the first round.

The championship got off to a flier at Baltinglass with Kiltegan edging out Tinahely by 3-16 to 2-18 after extra-time with the winning point in the last minute a real beauty by county midfielder Rory Finn. Seánie Furlong, another of their county stars, top-scored for the winners.

On Saturday evening, Baltinglass got their campaign off to a winning start, beating Dunlavin 0-13 to 0-10.

Dunlavin, last year's intermediate champions, matched their opponents in the opening quarter but with John McGrath on song for Balto with six smashing points from play and frees, the winners opened up a 0-10 to 0-5 half-time lead.

Cian O'Sullivan and Shane Carthy were the chief marksmen for Dunlavin, sharing six points between them, and though they outscored their opponents on the change-over, they just were not able to close the gap as Baltinglass excelled in defence.

Newtown, having bounded up two steps in the league to Division 1 in recent years, will now have their sights set on the championship and no doubt will be pleased to have kicked off with a 2-10 to 0-12 win over Éire óg Greystones.

They say goals win matches and this was certainly the case here. While still without the injured Stephen 'Chester' Kelly, Greystones were level 0-3 each with the 'Magpies' after 15 minutes, but then Newtown midfielder Declan Doyle fired home the first goal which left them leading 1-4 to 0-4 at half-time.

Just when the EOGs had cut the margin to a single point in the second half, 1-5 to 0-7, Greystones were hit by another sucker punch. Corner-back Lee Turner conceded a penalty and picked up a black card. Newtown's centre-forward Evan Moran blasted to the net from the spot-kick.

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