Thursday 18 January 2018

O'Neill eases Wicklow through

Wicklow 3-16
Derry 2-11

Wicklow advanced to the semi-finals after securing their third win of the season over Derry in Aughrim.

Wicklow established a commanding 3-11 to 1-1 lead after a dominant display in the opening 30 minutes, with Andy O'Brien scoring two goals in the space of a minute.

Don Hyland had a huge first half for Wicklow on the wing, Stephen Kelly again shone at midfield and Jonathan O'Neill was accurate from frees with a 0-8 total.

Derry looked for goals, but Ruairi Convery's attempts from frees were all thwarted.

Derry ended the match with just 13 men after their centre-forward Convery was sent off after two yellows on 62 minutes and midfielder Cathal McKeever received a straight red before the end.

Man of the match: D Hyland (Wicklow)

Scorers -- Wicklow: A O'Brien 2-2, J O'Neill 0-8 (5f, '65'), R Keddy 1-2, L Glynn, E Glynn, S Kelly, D Hyland 0-1 each. Derry: P McCloskey, S Farren 1-0 each, A Grant 0-5 (1f), R Convery, M Craig 0-2 each, O Doherty, D McCloskey 0-1 each.

Wicklow -- W O'Gorman 6; J Connors 7, G Keogh 7, W Collins 6; G Bermingham 7, L Kennedy 7, B Cuddihy 6; E Kearns 7, S Kelly 8; R Keddy 7, J O'Neill 8, D Hyland 8; E Glynn 6, L Glynn 6, A O'Brien 8. Subs: T Doyle for E Glynn, E Dunne for D Hyland (65), E O'Neill for G Bermingham, K Lacey for W Collins, J Murphy for A O'Brien (70).

Derry -- D McDermott 6; R McCloskey 6, M Craig 7, L Hawkins 7; D McCloskey 6, C Kenna 7, S Cassidy 7; C McKeever 6, O McCloskey 7; A Grant 8, R Convery 7, P Kelly 5; O Doherty 6, P McCloskey 6, M Kirkpatrick 6. Subs: N McGill for P Kelly (11), S Farren for M Kirkpatrick (h-t), B Quigley for O Doherty (45), C Mackle for D McCloskey (65).

Ref -- S Whelan (Wexford).

Irish Independent

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