Wicklow relieved to edge past luckless students

O’Byrne Cup
Wicklow 2-13 Carlow IT 2-9

Wicklow secured victory over Carlow thanks to two gifted own goals in this O’Byrne Cup game at Blessington yesterday.

Carlow scored the opening point by corner-forward Tom Sheil but Wicklow led 0-3 to 0-2 after 12 minutes. The students regained the initiative in the 29th minute when Barry McHugh converted a penalty for the first of his two goals.

However Wicklow led (1-8 to 1-6) at the break after Carlow’s full-back Conor Lawlor punched the ball into his own net as he attempted to deflect a shot by Daniel Woods. It took another fortuitous goal on 60 minutes to seal the win, this time a Ross O’Brien shot looped to the net, again off the hands of Lawlor.

Scorers for Wicklow: J McGrath 0-6 (5f), T Kelly 0-2, D Healy 0-2, D Woods 0-1, P McLoughlin 0-1, D Odlum 0-1, C Lawlor 2-0 (own goals).

Scorers for Carlow IT: B McHugh 2-4, T Sheil 0-3 (2f), W Young 0-1, B Murphy 0-1.

WICKLOW: R Lambert, A Byrne, P Cunningham, M Staines, D Healy, R O’Brien, C Murphy, A McLoughlin, P. McLoughlin, C Foley, S Kelly, D Woods, D Odlum, J. McGrath, T Kelly. Subs: C McCrea for C Foley, J Snell for M Staines.

CARLOW IT: S Murphy, T O’Connell, C Lawlor, D Smith, C Ward, A Forde, E Lynch, B Murphy, T Nolan, K Ryan, W Young, T Dever, T Sheil, R O’Brien, B McHugh. Subs: C Healy for R O’Brien, I. Ilunga for T Dever, G Harmon for D Smith, J Hendy for K Ryan.

Referee: David Moore, Laois.


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