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Elusive O'Brien fells Oak Leafers


Andy O'Brien, Wicklow

Andy O'Brien, Wicklow


Andy O'Brien, Wicklow

Wicklow maintained their 100pc record at the top of Division 2B with a 10-point win over Derry at Celtic Park.

Free-taker Christy Moorehouse and the ever-effervescent Andy O'Brien were the star attractions, amassing 1-13 between them as Wicklow brushed aside a weakened Oakleaf outfit who lost the experienced Liam Hinphey to a red card early in the second half.

Midway through the first chapter, Andy O'Brien took this game by the scruff of the neck. The St Patrick's sharpshooter drilled home the only goal of the first half in the 12th minute and followed that up with four points to help the Garden men take control, 1-9 to 0-6 up at the break.

Where O'Brien was outstanding in the first half, Christy Moorehouse was Derry's new tormentor-in-chief after the break. The Bray Emmets man helped himself to eight points over the 70 minutes, four of them scorchers from play.

Scorers - Wicklow: C Moorehouse 0-8 (4fs); A O'Brien 1-5; R Keddy 0-2; D Staunton, J Henderson, E Dunne, E Kearns, G Byrne and J Byrne 0-1 each. derry: A Grant 1-4 (4fs); G McCormick 0-3 (1f); A Kelly, O McKeever 0-1 each.

WICKLOW: E O'Mahony 7; L Maloney 8, M O'Brien 7, W Kavanagh 8; G Byrne 7, E Kearns 7, J Henderson 8; R Keddy 8, D Staunton 7; A Byrne 7, C Moorehouse 9, P Keane 7; P Doyle 7, A O'Brien 9, G O'Brien 7. Subs: E Dunne 7 for W Kavanagh (HT), G Connors 7 for G O'Brien (54), D Masterson 7 for R Keddy (54), J Byrne 7 for A Byrne (60), B Kinsella 7 for A O'Brien (64).

DERRY: D McDermott 7; P Turner 7, S McCullagh 7, D McCloskey 7; C Steele 7, T McCloskey 7, O McKeever 7; A Grant 8, B Og Magilligan 7; R Convery 6, O McCloskey 7, E McGuckin 7; A Kelly 7, G McCormick 8, D Cartin 7. Subs: C Murphy 6 for R Convery (23), L Hinphey 5 for O McKeever (43), T O'Kane 6 for D Cartin (62), T Magee 6 for E McGuckin (65).

REF - K Brady (Louth).

Irish Independent