O'Brien goals prove key
Wicklow corner-forward Andy O'Brien was the goal-scoring hero as his side became outright division leaders at Aughrim yesterday.
Jonathan O'Neill sealed the win with an injury-time free after O'Brien's two goals lifted Wicklow, who had to play half the match with 14 after sub Enan Glynn was sent off just before half-time.
O'Brien's first came after 14 minutes when Wicklow were playing against the wind to set up a 1-7 to 0-9 half-time lead. Derry regained the lead in the second half and were ahead by 0-15 to 1-11 when O'Brien lofted over a point, followed by his second goal.
Paddy Kelly goaled for Derry to level matters but O'Neill's point sealed victory.
Man of the Match: Andy O'Brien
Scorers -- Wicklow: J O'Neill 0-10 (7f), A O'Brien 2-3, D Hyland, R Keddy 0-1 each Derry: P Henry 0-6 (2f), P Kelly 1-3, R Convery 0-4, A Grant, P McCloskey, O McCloskey, K Hinphey 0-1 each
Wicklow -- W O'Gorman 7; J Connors 7, G Keogh 7, W Collins 6; G Bermingham 8, L Kennedy 7, B Cuddihy 7; E Kearns 7, T Doyle 7; R Keddy 7, J O'Neill 8, E Dunne 6; A O'Brien 8, D Hyland 7, L Browne 8 Sub: E Glynn for L Browne.
Derry -- D McDermott 7; A Rafferty 7, C Quinn 8, L Hawkins 6; C McKenna 6, M Craig 7, S Cassidy 7; K, Hinphey 7, O McCloskey 7; A Grant 6, R Convery 7, P Henry 8; O Doherty 6, P McCloskey 7, P Kelly 8. Sub: B Glass for O Doherty.
Ref -- P O'Dwyer (Carlow).