O’Neill shines as Wicklow beat Laos to take Corn William Robinson’s crown

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Wicklow Blue started off a very successful journey in this Celtic Challenge replay with a thumping win over Laos in another pulsating game of hurling at Abbotstown last Saturday.

The ideal ground conditions again allowed for a more powerful game, with a light breeze in Laos’ favor in the first half.

The Celtic Challenge was established in 2016 and is the only competition in hurling in which teams from all 32 counties are participating. Its ethos is player development, which includes at least two teams in most counties, and these are opportunities that players would not otherwise experience.

This segment of the Celtic Challenge was intended for Corne William Robinson, in memory of an 11-year-old boy who climbed a tree to watch Dublin play Tipperary on Bloody Sunday in 1920 and was sadly shot. was given.

Just like in the first game, another blockbuster ended here, with only one ball pucking between the sides at the end. There were two turning points in the game that proved crucial to Garden County’s victory in the hour.

A healthy crowd came to support both sides, with Leinster GAA president Pat Tehan in attendance.

Wicklow started the game brilliantly but could not turn it on the scoreboard as he lengthened a trio of wides in the opening minutes.

Half-forward, Oisin Smeaton brought Laos on board with a fine strike in the sixth minute and O’Moore’s men looked after for a second score, though centre-back Michael O’Neill made a brilliant turn-back. Over cut and a brilliant pass sent to Willie Cash where the vibrant St Pat’s man splits the upper back with his shot to run Wicklow up and running.

Cash soon doubled his tally with a kept ball to give Wicklow the lead in the ninth minute, after Alex Kavanagh was fouled in the next attack.

Will Duggan answered with a point for Laos as he began to gain some momentum in the final minutes of the opening quarter, while Eli Quinn was on target with another placed ball to restore the lead for the Midlanders as he The tempo was raised.

Duggan added another point for Laos before Willie Cash was dropped and cleared in the hands of the free Laos goalkeeper.

Again, Wicklow lengthened a brace from wides in the 16th minute before Sean Ogg Byrne scored the fifth point of the game and extended the lead to three, with Wicklow’s work rate well below the opening 30-minutes of the previous week. Gave.

Full-back Sean Kenny took a heavy knock out on the sidelines from Jordan Downey, which stunned the young Bre Man and the Laos midfielder picked up a yellow card for his troubles.

Michael O’Neill freed the result up to Willie Cash, who fed a sweet pass to Johnno Moorhouse and Moorhouse lowered his shot, but the Laos goalkeeper reacted well and dismissed Slotar for 65.

Michael Ogg reduced the resulting 65 to two in the 18th minute as the Glennley shooter progressed every minute of the game.

Lorcan Dune replied with a point beast to enter Laos’ sixth noon.

Ryan Waters held on to the puck-out and played a brilliant pass at Brandon Rossiter and Carneau Hurler went for goal instead of taking the easy option of raising a white flag, and, again, Camaros netminder cleaned up his lines. Gave it.

Dennis O’Brien and Andrew Lynch cleared several Laos attacks before Michael Ogg landed another point off a kept ball after James Boland was fouled.

A powerful single-run in the middle of the field from midfielder Jordan Downey harvested Laos’ seventh point, before Dara Kissan’s troops responded with a point from Johnno Moorhouse’s bounce, including Zack Jordan to keep Wicklow and Cillian Rider was included. On the coattails of Laos.

A point followed from another master Downey as Laos kept the tempo up another rung going into the closing stages of the half.

It could have been much worse for Wicklow later when Oisin Smeaton was through on goal and was just about to pull the trigger, but a wonderful hook by the cautious Dennis O’Brien denied the Laos man a shot on goal.

Again, Wicklow wasted several regular scoring opportunities in the dying coals as half-time whistled at half-time with the score reading 0–8 to 0–5 in favor of the Midlanders.

A very poor start period by both sides as neither side could settle on the ball around the midfield area, an Eli Quinn free-drop was made.

Wicklow broke ground and fled without penalizing James Boland for a throw-ball that exploded and was fouled. The up-Glenley sharpshooter roared by the Wicklow faithful, played in the second period with seven minutes left to cut the deficit, as some of the momentum began to flow.

Michael Ogg further boosted the momentum when a long-range ball from the Laos defense took Sliotar out of the sky and he scored two defenders and gave a fine pass into the ground to Jonno Moorhouse, who was fouled. Glenley Mann reduced the deficit to a minimum in the 44th minute.

New legs were introduced by both sides and, again, Wicklow was off target with opportunities to level matters. However, gamechangers and match moves were soon to follow.

Liam Murphy fed the slotoor to Michael O’Neill, who played a real pass up on the edge to Ryan Waters, who delivered a one-inch perfect cross-field pass to the edge of ‘D’, who brilliantly flicked Brandon Rossiter. Gave. The ball hit the ground on one side of an oncoming Laos goalkeeper whose intention was to take the man and the ball at once.

Young Carneau Hurler’s brilliant foresight saw him round the keeper and rifled Sliotar into the back of the net with a sweet kick cool to his liking. The stand rose with a roar as Wicklow now led 1-7 to 0-8 for the first time in the game, going into the final quarter.

Laos replied with a score from Eli Quinn to narrow the gap. Zach Jordan and Sean Byrne were soon well-connected to break up some good work by Laos and the hits were coming hard and fast, and, unlike the day before, last weekend had a lot of hard-earned money.

After ten minutes another gamechanger followed. Laos were advancing, in a check run by Jordan Downey, he found himself one after another with Wicklow goalkeeper 25 and fired a rocket that seemed destined for the bottom right corner of the net but somehow Tristan Doherty produced the save of the season, a diving save from Bre Man, whose strike reached the butt of his left hand and dismissed Sliotar for a brilliant 65 throughout the stretch.

It was a huge game saver in the closing minutes.

Again, Laos returned to level matters with another point by Eli Quinn.

Ryan Waters responded with another white flag, before Allie Quinn restored parity in a blustery ending to the balanced contest this end.

Michael O’Neill Wicklow was a rock in the center of the defence, collecting possession and delivering a fine pass to Brandon Rossiter, who pointed from an acute angle to restore the lead.

Rory Corrigan blocked another Laos attack and set up Willie Cash to add to his tally with a point for a two-point cushion going into the dying embers of the game.

Brandon Rossiter closed the scoring with a powerful point before the final whistle.

The entire panel worked hard for each other to achieve this stupendous victory.

It’s hard to believe that the next time they meet at the Wicklow Minor Hurling Championships, they’ll take the knots out of each other.

Manager Dara Kissen and his fellow coaches Matt Byrne, Karl Cooke and Colm were delighted with this very memorable journey of their team’s performance in the French Celtic Challenge.

Before presenting the fully deserved Man of the Match award to Michael O’Neill, Leinster chairman Pat Tehan congratulated both sides for a great game.

Pat Tehan presented the Corn William Robinson Trophy to the then winning captain, Ryan Waters, to celebrate for Garden County.

Wicklow: Tristan Doherty (Brey Emmetts); Liam Murphy (ARP), Sean Kenny (Bray Emmett), Andrew Lynch (Glenley); Zach Jordan (Carneau Emmetts), Michael O’Neill (0-4, 3f, 1 65) (Glenley), Dennis O’Brien (St Patts); Sean Byrne (Kilcool), Ryan Waters (0-1) (Michael Dwyers); James Boland (Michael Dwyers), Cillian Ryder (Bray Emmett), Willie Cash (0-3, 1f) (Kilcool); Alex Kavanagh (Aughrim), Brandon Rossiter (1-2) (Carneau Emmets), Johno Moorhouse (0-1) (St Pats). Members: Rory Corrigan (Western Gales), Mickey O’Brien Hatton (Air og Greystones), Lorcan Byrne (Glenley), Luke Byrne (Western Gales), Sam Smith (Glenley), Adam O’Farrell (ARP), Ciaran Kelly ( Bray Emmett), Craig Byrne (Air Egg Greystones), Jack O’Toole (Michael Dwyers), Michael Kinsella (ARP), Darragh Shannon (Kilcool).

Laos: Rick Bannon; Paddy O’Callaghan, Dion Cuddy, Ray Goode; Evan Cassin, Ryan Peters, Tom O’Keefe; Sean Hill, Jordan Downey (0-2); Oisin Smeaton (0-1), Anda Shorthall, William Duggan (0-2); Eli Quinn (0-4, 1f, 1 65), Eoin Shortall, Sean and Byrne (0-1). Members: Finn Lyon, Jimmy Norton, Charlie Hand, Charlie Hanrahan, Paddy Fitzpatrick, Darragh Ryan, Lorcan Dunne (0-1), Jack Delaney, Corey Doheny.

Referee: Antoine Keating (Dublin)