Moorehouse seals Garden status
Wicklow 1-18 Mayo 1-11: Christy Ring Cup
Christy Moorehouse's accuracy from frees was the key as Wicklow secured Christy Ring Cup status with a seven-point win over Mayo in Cusack Park, Mullingar on Saturday.
The Bray Emmets clubman fired seven points, including five in the second half, in a game in which Wicklow were hugely inaccurate early on, but settled on the way to a deserved win.
Mayo led by 0-3 to 0-2 after 20 minutes, thanks to a trio of Kenny Feeney scores. However, Wicklow dominated possession but were hugely wasteful, firing six wides in the opening 13 minutes.
Eventually the Garden County came good, and moved 0-7 to 0-3 ahead by the 34th minute thanks to scores from Andy O'Brien, Moorehouse and Enan Glynn. Brian Hunt broke Mayo's 17-minute scoring drought with an injury-time point, but Wicklow weren't finished.
A Glynn injury-time goal handed them a 1-7 to 0-4 interval lead.
David Kenny netted for Mayo after the restart but this was as good as it got for JP Coen's side, as Wicklow stood firm for victory, with Moorehouse in fine form.
Scorers - Wicklow: C Moorehouse 0-7 (6f); E Glynn 1-2; A O'Brien 0-3; J O'Neill, L Glynn (1 65) 0-2 each; R Keddy & D Staunton 0-1 each. Mayo: K Feeney 0-6 (2f); D Kenny 1-0; E Collins, K McDermott, F Boland, B Hunt, S Boland 0-1 each.
Wicklow - T Kennedy; L Moloney, B Cuddihy, P Keane; E Dunne, S Kelly, J Henderson; E Kearns, C Moorehouse; J O'Neill, L Glynn, R Keddy; E Glynn, A O'Brien, D Staunton. Subs: J Connors for Moloney (3); D Nolan for Glynn (65); A Byrne for Moorehouse (69).
Mayo - D O'Brien; A Brennan, A Connolly, E Collins; N Casey, P O'Flynn, S Morley; K McDermott, D Kenny; F Boland, S Hoban, A Lyons; B Hunt, K Feeney, C Finn. Subs: K Kiely for Morley (h-t); S Boland for Lyons (h-t); D McTigue for Finn (58); D Gallagher for Hoban (66).
Ref - D Hughes (Carlow)