Saturday 17 March 2018

the Game at a glance

Man of the match

James Glancy (Leitrim)

Glancy caused unending problems for the Wicklow defence and all his points had a touch of class. His extra-time score, which sealed victory for Leitrim, was particularly special. This was probably his best game in the Leitrim jersey.

Turning point

Although Leitrim led by a solitary point at the interval, the big question was would they build on their first-half performance against a Wicklow side that always looked dangerous. The opening 12 minutes of the second half provided the answer as three points without reply laid the foundations for victory.

Talking point

Wicklow fans were left scratching their heads as a total of 16 wides let Leitrim off the hook. The lack of an accurate place-kicker was in marked contrast to Leitrim's Emlyn Mulligan, who missed just one from seven to help kick his side to victory.

Ref watch

Barry Cassidy kept a firm but fair grip on proceedings, handing out a total of five yellow cards, three of them to Wicklow. Despite that, the game was played in a competitive spirit and both sides had little to complain to the referee about.

Magic moment

Glancy's thumbs up to the ecstatic Leitrim fans following his sublime extra-time point to put victory beyond doubt.

What they said

Barney Breen (Leitrim co-manager):

"Delighted to have won. I am so proud of this bunch of lads who have trained so hard for a day like this. Their work rate, hunger and commitment out there was outstanding."

Harry Murphy (Wicklow manager):

"You can't kick 16 wides and hope to win, but fair play to Leitrim, they had a game plan and stretched us, especially their No 14 (Glancy). We just couldn't handle him."

Match statistics

Wides: Leitrim 6 (3 first half); Wicklow 16 (6)

Frees: Leitrim 25 (12); Wicklow 17 (7)

Yellow cards: Leitrim 2 (D Beck 51, G Hickey 62); Wicklow 3 (J Kelly 29, J Stafford 66, J McGrath 65 )

Attendance: 3,500

What next?

Leitrim move onto the next round of the qualifiers, while Wicklow can look forward to playing Division 3 league football next season.

Irish Independent

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