Wicklow romp to win over Cats

Wing-forward Joe Kelly turned in a champagne performance for Wicklow’s footballers as they romped to victory over Kilkenny at Freshford yesterday.

There was a touch of class about everything the Baltinglass man did as he clocked up 1-7.

Wicklow also had a big performance from Seanie Furlong as he chipped in with 1-5.

Wicklow led 3-11 to 1-1 at half-time despite gifting Kilkenny their 30-minute goal when a short kick-out by John Flynn went horribly wrong and let James Culleton drill to the net.

All six Wicklow forwards got on the scoresheet along with substitutes Adam Merriman, Tony Hannon and Paul Cronin. The game generated a bit of heat in the last two minutes as four players picked up yellow cards and Kilkenny’s JJ Dunphy was sent off on a second yellow.

Scorers for Wicklow: J Kelly 1-7, S Furlong 1-5, L Glynn 1-1, Tony Hannon 0-4, D O’Sullivan, A O’Malley, A Merriman 0-2 each, N Mernagh, P Cronin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: J Cullen 1-0, R Shore 0-1.

WICKLOW: J Flynn; C Hyland, N Gaffney, D Healy; B Murphy, R Finn, A Byrne; J Stafford, P Burke; N Mernagh, A O’Malley, J Kelly; D O’Sullivan, S Furlong, L Glynn.

Subs: C Rossiter for Healy, A Merriman for Burke, M Doyle for Mernagh, T Hannon for O’Malley, P Cronin for O’Sullivan.

KILKENNY: JJ O’Sullivan; D Fitzpatrick, D Grennan, JJ Grace; B Kehoe, R O’Hara, J Cullinane; M Malone, JJ Dunphy; P McBride, B Byrne, S Duggan; J Dollard, J Culleton, R Shore.

Subs: R O’Keeffe for McBride, J Fennelly for Shore, K Bergin for Kehoe, P Donnelly for Dollard.

Referee: Niall Ward, (Westmeath)

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