Weekend Sports Round-up (19th February 2018)

GAA:

The Wicklow senior hurlers made up for their defeat in the Kehoe Cup final with a dominant 2-21 to 0-21 win at home against Donegal in the Allianz National Hurling League on Sunday.

Goals from Enda Donohue and John Henderson made the difference as Seamus Murphy’s men now sit third in Division 2B – two points behind Mayo and Down.

Murphy’s men made a great start to the game and were up 0-4 to no score early on through points from Andy O’Brien (3) and Ronan Keddy.

Donegal fought their way back into the game as the first half wore on but found themselves 2-11 to 0-11 down at half-time after the goals from Donohue and Henderson.

Despite a stubborn Donegal performance in the second half, Wicklow – led by the outstanding Andy O’Brien (0-10) – managed to keep the opposition at arm’s length for the remainder of the game.

Next up for the hurlers is a tricky away game next Sunday against a Mayo side which has a 100% record in the league thus far.


Meanwhile, the Wicklow lady footballers maintained their 100% record in division four after defeating Limerick 2-7 to 1-5 in Askeaton.

Wicklow remain top of the pile – three points ahead of Louth and Antrim. The Garden County’s next game will take place in Roundwood next Sunday when they host third-placed Antrim.


Elsewhere, this weekend marked the return of the league for Wicklow’s club sides. Results in full below:

Division 1A Football League:

Avondale 2-2 v 1-10 Éire Óg

Tinahely 2-10 v 2-9 Annacurra

Coolkenno 2-8 v 0-11 Arklow Gerladines Ballymoney

Rathnew 2-5 v 1-14 Kilmacanogue

Division 1 Football League:

Hollywood 1-10 v 0-9 Blessington

Bray Emmets 1-11 v 3-11 Dunlavin

Baltinglass 1-9 v 1-10 Kiltegan

Division 2 Football League:

Ballymanus 4-14 v 1-4 Ashford

Ballinacor 1-13 v 1-8 Stratford Grangecon

Valleymount 3-24 v 0-3 Newcastle

Newtown 1-7 0-10 Carnew Emmets

Donard Glen 2-12 v 0-5 Laragh

Division 3 Football League:

Kilcoole 2-13 v 1-5 Aughrim

St. Pat’s 2-5 1-9 Éire Óg

Baltinglass 3-20 v 0-3 Newcastle

Shillelagh 1-12 v 0-10 Enniskerry

Kilbride 2-6 v 2-12 Blessington

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Soccer:

The Airtricity League is back and back with a bang after this weekend’s first round of fixtures in the 2018 season.

Supposed relegation favourites Bray Wanderers frustrated Dundalk to a 0-0 draw at Oriel Park on Friday night.

Despite possession dominance, Dundalk found themselves frequently denied by Aaron Dillon in the Bray goal, as well as defiant performances from Kevin Lynch, Seán Heaney and Hugh Douglas at the back.

While the draw can be seen as a good result for the Seagulls, they should have won the game late on when the impressive Daniel Kelly freed Aaron Greene through one-on-one – only for the striker to be denied by Rogers in the Dundalk goal.

Bray’s next game comes this Friday evening when they host St. Patrick’s Athletic at the Carlisle Grounds – a few weeks after losing to Pat’s 3-1 in the Leinster Senior Cup.

Results in full:

Dundalk 0-0 Bray Wanderers

Bohemians 3-1 Shamrock Rovers

St. Patrick’s Athletic 2-3 Cork City

Waterford 2-1 Derry City

Sligo Rovers 0-1 Limerick

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Rugby:

St. Gerard’s came within minutes of sensationally knocking out Blackrock College in the quarter final of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup, only for a late drop goal to dash the Bray team’s hopes.

Gerard’s were in command of the majority of the game, with tries from Oliver Haydock and Cormac Foley giving them a 14-3 lead at half-time.

Gerard’s would only score once in the second half through the boot of Haydock, with Blackrock scoring a try through Stephen Madigan and three penalties through James Tarrnt to set up a grandstand finish.

With eight minutes left to play, Madigan’s successful drop goal won the game for Blackrock at 19-17 – the first time the Dublin side had taken the lead in the entire game.

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