Lethal Lee leads rout of Fingal
Wicklow 3-32 Fingal 2-8 Allianz NHL Division 2B
Wicklow booked their place in the final in convincing style as they racked up a 27-point victory over Fingal at Arklow.
In the decider, they have a rematch with Down, hoping to overturn the 1-15 to 0-10 defeat in their group match.
Yesterday, the home side raced into a 0-9 to 0-3 lead in the first quarter but then lost their focus and Fingal cut the margin to two points thanks to a goal by Colm Foley and a string of points by free-taker John M Sheridan.
Fingal had replaced their two midfielders to try to curb a rampant Ronan Keddy, and Dave Smyth made a difference.
But Wicklow's Mikey Lee was the star of the show and amassed a haul of 2-14 – it was his goal before half-time from a cross from Christy Moorehouse that got Wicklow back on track.
With the wind behind them in the second half, Wicklow took command, Andy O'Brien hitting 1-1 with his first two touches as 10 Wicklow men got on the scoresheet.
Scorers – Wicklow: M Lee 2-14 (5fs), A O'Brien 1-2, R Keddy 0-4, D Staunton, J O'Neill 0-3 each, W O'Gorman 0-2, A Nugent, C Moorehouse, G Byrne, J Henderson 0-1 each. Fingal: C Foley 2-0, J M Sheridan 0-6fs, D Butterley, D Smyth 0-1 each.
Wicklow – T Kennedy 7; E Dunne 6, S Kelly 6, B Cuddihy 6; G Byrne 6, L Kennedy 7, S Byrne 6; J Henderson 6, R Keddy 8; C Moorehouse 7, A Nugent 5, J O'Neill 7; M Lee 9, W O'Gorman 6, D Staunton 7.
Subs: A O'Brien 7 for A Nugent, P Keane for L Kennedy, L Maloney for D Staunton.
Fingal – C Harford 6; P Coyne 6, R Sheridan 7, P Quinn 6; D O'Flaherty 7, N Ring 7, I Kennedy 6; P Sheridan 5, D De Burca 5; A Richardson 6, R McGarry 6, J Sheridan 8; C Foley 7, D Butterley 7, C O'Flynn 6. Subs: K McLoughney for De Burca, D Smyth 8 for P Sheridan, N Feeney for I Kennedy, P Graves for A Richardson.
Ref – J Heffernan (Wexford)