Sunday 21 January 2018

O'Brien goals lead the way for Wicklow

Wicklow 3-18 Kildare 2-19

Wicklow manager Séamus Murphy. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Wicklow manager Séamus Murphy. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Former Celbridge hurling manager Seamus Murphy crushed Kildare hearts by leading Wicklow to a deserved victory at St Conleth's Park, Newbridge, on Saturday.

Playing with the aid of the wind, Wicklow were quick out of the blocks and were 0-7 to 0-2 ahead by the 14th minute, with Christy Moorehouse and Daniel Staunton finding their range.

Kildare's David Reidy had the game level at 0-8 each on 27 minutes with his fifth free, but full-forward Andy O'Brien found to net to give Wicklow a 1-10 to 0-10 lead with a 33rd minute goal.

Kildare picked up the momentum in the second-half and with Brian Byrne and Reidy adding scores, two Jack Sheridan points drew the sides level (1-11 to 0-14).

Half-time sub Padraig Doyle re-established the visitors' lead with a 53rd-minute goal, while it was extended to five points when O'Brien hit his second goal on 56 minutes.

Kildare replied in spades. With John Mulhall closing the gap courtesy of a 57th-minute goal, a Chris Bonus goal and a Richie Ryan point gave Kildare a 2-18 to 3-13 lead.

In the end, with Moorehouse adding his ninth point, and the industrious O'Brien taking his tally to 2-2, Wicklow progressed into the semi-final, while Kildare retreated into the quarter-final stages.

Scorers - Wicklow: C Moorehouse 0-9 (7f, 1 '65), A O'Brien 2-2, P Doyle 1-0, D Staunton 0-3, D Masterson 0-2, E McCormack R Keddy 0-1 each. Kildare: D Reidy 0-11 (7f), J Mulhall and C Bonus 1-0 each, P Divilly, B Byrne and J Sheridan 0-2 each, M Delaney and R Ryan 0-1 each

Wicklow: E O'Mahoney 9; W Kavanagh 7, S Kelly 7, M O'Brien 6; G Byrne 7, J Henderson 6, E Kearns 7; R Keddy 8, P Keane 5; C Moorehouse 7, D Staunton 7, D Masterson 6; G O'Brien 5, A O'Brien 8, E McCormack 6 Subs: L Maloney 7 for Henderson 33; P Doyle 6 for Keane h/t; A Byrne 5 for G O'Brien 52

Kildare: P Dermody 6; C Forde 6, J Doran 7, N O'Muineacháin 5; P Ryan 5, M Moloney 6, M Reidy 7; R Bergin 6, D Reidy 8; J Mulhall 4, P Divilly 5, J Sheridan 6; C Bonus 6, M Delaney 5, B Byrne 6 Subs: R Ryan 4 for Delaney 25; S Gainey 5 for Ryan 55; D Stapleton 5 for Mulhall 66

Ref - C McAllister (Cork)

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