The Exiles, who came into the game with a 100% record looked on course to extend their winning run when they led by eight points at the break, 1-12 to 1-4, with the goal coming from the evergreen Martin Finn at full-forward.
With the Mulcahy brothers, Jimmy and Bobby, on top in defence and Clare native Colm Forde lording things at centre-back they must have wondered where it all went wrong as they went on to score just three more points, while shipping 1-11 in the process.
Andy O’Brien bundled home a Wicklow goal coming up to the break to give his side hope and with Jonathen O’Neill knocking over frees from all angles, they began to chip into the deficit.
O’Neill accounted for 11 of his side’s tally while Eamon Kerins and Eugene Dunne both landed exceptional scores. The comeback was complete when O’Brien tied the scores and O’Neill fittingly had the final say with the winner approaching full-time.
Meath are pointless at the foot of the table after their third consecutive defeat (0-15 to 0-14), this time away to Derry at Slaughtneil.
Keith Farrell’s Royals led by one at the break, 0-7 to 0-6 after Nicky Horan and Stephen Clynch lofted over a succession of scores between them but with Rory Convery leading the Oak Leafers charge, Derry slimmed the margin approaching the final whistle and even though Cormac McKenna was sent-off for a second yellow, they held out.
In the final game, Kildare were too good for Armagh at the Athletic Grounds, winning by a seven-point margin, 1-16 to 0-12 points.