Another busy week for our U15 footballers. On Thursday night we travelled to Thomastown south Dublin to play Cuala in a challenge game. This game was organised to give members of the panel game time who didn’t get a run the previous week against Meath.
On to Saturday and big games against Tyrone & Cork in Blessington. Thanks to the Blessington GAA club for providing their facilities to play such high profile teams as Tyrone & Cork. It proves how much people are looking at results over the last few weeks when you have teams like this looking to play challenge games! The panel of players were really looking forward to testing their ability against such prestigious opponents.
Despite a number of players away on Holidays from the prievious games it also gave a number of other players the chance to stake a claim for starting place for the Adam Mangan tournament in Offaly on the 12th August.
Game 1 v Tyrone was played at High Tempo and Wicklow had good control of a very competitive game, As per tradition the Northern boys tackling was close to the edge but game was played in a very sporting manner and no cards issued or required.
Due to holidays the team had a slightly different look to previous Games but The players on the pitch 1 to 15 played for the Jersey and made it difficult for the sideline to make changes in this game.
Game 1 Result WW 3.7 Tyrone A 2:6
scorers: Jack Hanlon, Sam Kearney, Thomas O Shea, Shane Daly, Cillian McDonald, Adam Hadden and Eoin O Neill
Game 2 v Tyrone 2nd team started like a formula one motor race with both teams attacking at speed and the management emptied the bench mid way through game. This game was high scoring and required a degree of composure to quench a strong second half performance come back from Tyrone. One of the many Stand out moment of the game saw Sam Kearney taken down but got back up straight away and and buried the ball in the back of the Tyrone net.
After two games against Tyrone the players had played 2 hrs of football therefore as expected the players were getting tired.
Killian Mcdonald had a man of the match performance in all games and abliely assisted by Sam Kearney and Eoin O Neill who marcheled midfield with an accomplished performances. Providing thirty players with game time over two games is a lot to manage.
Game 2 Result WW 5-10 Tyrone B 3-12
JacK Hanlon, Sam Kearney, Robey Miley, Cian Hynes, Alan Miley, Sean Coffey and Patrick O Hallaron
By the time Wicklow Played Cork in the third game there was little in the tank and as expected our performaces didn’t reach the high standards as in previous games. Cork knew this as well as they were impressed enough to organise another challenge game in a few weeks.
Overall another accomplished performance from this group of players. Slowly but surely we are developing a team Wicklow people can be proud of. The players themselves also feel part of something special. Much more to do but the seeds are beginning to grow, they need to be nurtured and cared for like a gardener takes care of his flowers in the end beautiful flowers develop and the Garden looks amazing. For this group of players to bloom and develop it will take more than sun and water and the occasional weeding it will take finance and backing from a sponsor and total support from our County Board to ensure these players get their day out in Croke Park in two years time.
Panel of Players who competed were
Jack Hanlon Baltinglass
Killian McDonald Tinahely
Bradley Hickey Tinahely
Adam Hadden Tinahely
Oisin Brogan Blessington
Daniel Healy Eire Og Greystones
Thade Shanahan Eire Og Greystones
Eoin O Neill Eire Og Greystones
Cian Hynes Eire Og Greystones
Alan Miley St Nicholas
Brian Keogh St Nicholas
Jack Grace St Nicholas
Shane Daly St Nicholas
Luke Kenny An Tochar
Hugh O Brien AGB
Dylan Lynch Derry Gaels
Sean Campbell Derry Gaels
Cian Kelly St Patricks
Sean Coffey Rathnew
Fionn O Sullivan Rathnew
Joseph O Shea Barndarrig
Thomas O Shea Barndarrig
Robbie Miley St Kevins
Keith Burke St Kevins
Sam Kearney Bray Emmett’s
Ryan Guilfoyle Carnew Emmett’s
Caoimhin Rawson Coolboy [injured]
Stephen Maguire Kilmacanogue
Darren Walsh Baltinglass
Patrick O Hallaron AGB
Arun Daly Danne Baltinglass (injured)