Replying To Freethinker: "Twas indeed a great victory last night. The lads were made battle hard and indeed according to some pundits were lucky not to be behind at half time. Having said that we were wasteful at times also. This is becoming a battle hardened outfit having fought back well against the Dubs and having to overcome all types of obstacles last night. We must remember that Louth drew with Offaly and on that form have to be treated with the utmost respect. I'm amazed at how this team is being almost forged on the hoof given so many players playing in different positions than with their clubs and unless that young Sheahan from An Tochair is carrying an injury, fair play to those who are keeping him back on the subs bench as he was one of the best forwards on show in last years senior championship. Best of luck to all for the next clash with Louth and let's see how the cards fall then."
A fantasic victory last night against a very strong Offaly side.This group of lads have a never say die attiitude and forged a win despite playing a large portion of the game with 14 players and facing a stiff breeze in the second half. We again missed missed many easy chances to stretch our lead but in saying that Offaly will bemoan their missed opportunities also. Every player left everything on the field and never gave up especially when we missed some glorious opportunities near the end and Offaly got the smell of victory. The substittions proved their worth again last night . Another big challenge next tuesday . It is another must win game as Dublin will probably put out many of their extended panel giving Offaly a real chance of victory. On a side note. Why do the GAA put these matches on during the week ? Players have to take time off from work or college and parents have t take a half day from work. Some Wicklow supporters and players would have had to travel aover 200 kilometres each way yesterday to get to the match. If it was the weekend it woud make more sense and their friends of the same age group would travel to the game . A great promotional opportunity is lost especially to an age group where many are turning their backs on GAa and moving to rugby soccer and other sports. So well done to the players management on a great victory and best of luck against Louth
Replying To TopDrawer: "If we beat Louth it will likely be Kildare. They have finished on 2 points after losing to Westmeath and beating Wexford. The form in thier group would suggest that Westmeath should beat Wexford."
A gusty win by the u20s away to Offaly during the week. Again, it seems that they got off to a bad start but showed that spirit they seem to have to fight back and grind out a result. It is great to see spirit and resilience in such a young team. They are away to Louth who drew with Offaly but were well beaten by Dublin. The general consensus seems to be that Meath are the favourites to win Leinster based upon the fact that they would the All Ireland minor title, three years ago. If we get past Louth and into the next round, I think we will run any team close. Like another poster alluded to, there are a couple of An Tochar players that impressed during last year's club championship that I would have on the team but in fairness I haven't seen the team play so it might be for tactical reasons that they are not starting. Besides, in the modern game today, substitutes make and have played a huge role in the team getting a result which again is a good sign as gaelic football at intercounty level is all about 20-25 players who are able to start or come on and get a result.
Best of luck to the Wicklow senior team and management in the division 4 final against Sligo. A final in Croke Park is always a big occassion and games we always want to win. We will start as underdogs due to the fact Sligo came down and beat us on our own patch. Hopefully this will motivate the players if any motivation is required. Won't want to lose to the same team twice in a short space of time. Hopefully we can pull off a victory in advance of the summer chsmpionships.