It was a difficult weekend for the Wicklow senior footballers and hurlers this week, with both teams suffering defeats.
First up, the footballers lost to Division Four leaders Laois by 1-16 to 0-10 in Aughrim. Despite taking an early lead, John Evans’ men found themselves down by nine points at half-time after Gary Walsh scored a goal for Laois.
The second half saw Laois and Wicklow both score six points apiece as Laois ran out comfortable winners for their fourth win on the trot. Meanwhile, Wicklow remain winless in the league having picked up two draws and two defeats.
In the hurling, Wicklow lost narrowly to Mayo away from home by a score of 1-22 to 2-16.
Wicklow found themselves in front by three at half-time after goals from Enda Donohue and Christy Moorehouse. The Garden County led by 2-14 to 1-16 with 15 minutes to go until Anto Byrne was dramatically sent-off.
Mayo went on to out score Seamus Murphy’s men in the final quarter — registering a further six points to Wicklow’s four.
The result confirms Mayo’splace in the Division 2B league final, while Wicklow lie third in the league — two points adrift of Down in second with just one game left to play.
Elsewhere, Jackie Kinch starred as the Wicklow lady footballers continued their 100% record in Division Four against Antrim.
Kinch scored an outstanding 2-8 as Wicklow ran out 3-16 to 1-3 winners in Roundwood. Katie Kiely scored the other goal for Wicklow as they recorded their fourth win from four.
Wicklow GAA Club Results in Full:
Division 1A SFL Round 2:
Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney 0-13 v 2-08 Avondale
Kilmacanogue 1-14 v 5-11 Coolkenno
Éire Óg 0-4 v 2-10 Tinahely
Division 1 SFL Round 2:
St. Pat’s 0-11 v 0-11 Hollywood
Blessington 4-12 v 1-13 Baltinglass
Kiltegan 1-4 v 0-9 Bray Emmets
Division 2 SFL Round 2:
Knockananna 0-02 v 1-12 Newtown
Stratford 1-04 v 0-12 Valleymount
Ashford 1-08 v 2-08 Donard Glen
Carnew Emmets 1-5 v 0-7 Ballymanus
Barndarrig 1-4 v 2-12 Ballinacor
Division 3 SFL Round 2:
Blessington 0-04 v 3-11 Kilcoole
Hollywood 0-10 v 2-9 Baltinglass
Enniskerry 1-13 v 2-10 Kilbride/Lacken
Newcastle 1-7 v 1-15 Shillelagh
The Six Nations Championship was turned on its head this weekend as Ireland dramatically beat Wales, and Scotland historically beat England.
Ireland kicked off the third round of Six Nations games on Saturday afternoon by defeating Wales 37-27.
Jacob Stockdale scored a pair of tries on the day, including a dramatic late try after intercepting a loose pass from Gareth Anscombe to confirm the win.
Wales led the game 13-5 going into the final ten minutes of the half after two Leigh Halfpenny penalties and a converted Gareth Davies try cancelled out Stockdale’s early effort. However, furthre tries from Bundee Aki, Dan Leavy and Cian Healy helped Ireland retain and stretch their lead 27-13.
Shingler went over for another try for Wales before Conor Murray’s penalty pushed Ireland’s lead to 30-20.
Evans’ converted try for the Welsh four minutes from time set up a nail biting finish until Stockdale intercepted Anscombe’s errant pass to finish the game off and hand Joe Schmidt’s men their third win from three.
Following on from Ireland’s victory, Scotland managed to upset the odds and beat defending champions England 25-13 in Murrayfield.
The Scots led 22-6 at half-time after tries from Jones (2) and Maitland, as well as a pair of penalties from Greg Laidlaw.
While Scotland were only able to make one score in the second half — a Russell penalty — they managed to restrict Eddie Jones’ England team to a single Owen Farrell converted try.
Not only does the England defeat mean that Ireland are the only team capable to win the Grand Slam, but it also propels Scotland into a position of challenging for the Six Nations Championship — two weeks before Ireland host the Scots at the Aviva Stadium.
The Irish U20s saw their Six Nations aspirations come to an abrupt halt as they lost out by two points in a thrilling game in Donnybrook against Wales.
The 11-try match was Ireland’s second defeat of the campaign as they narrowly lost out 41-38.
The Irish found themselves 12-0 down inside the first ten minutes following tries from Thomas Rogers and Max Williams.
Ireland got on the board in the 15th minute through a Harry Byrne penalty before James Botham crossed over for another Wales try which was duly converted to make it 19-3.
The deficit was reduced to nine points at half-time after Ireland’s first try, scored by Angus Curtis and converted by Harry Byrne.
The momentum continued to swing back-and-forth in the second half as both sides traded scores. Cai Evans seemed to ensure the win for Wales with a late penalty but Tommy O’Brien’s late converted try kept Ireland in the hunt.
Unfortunately, Ireland were unable to claw back the three point deficit late on as Wales ran out narrow winners.
Finally, the Irish women’s team picked up their second win of their Six Nations campaign when they beat their Welsh counterparts 35-12.
Tries from Leah Lyons, Claire Molloy (2), Sene Naoupu and Hannah Tyrrell helped Ireland on their way.
Ireland led 14-0 at half-time through tries from Lyons and Molloy. While Amy Evans and Sioned Harries touched down for Wales but tries from Molloy, Naoupu and Tyrrell helped Ireland eventually win comfortably.
Bray Wanderers’ suffered their second defeat to St. Patrick’s Athletic in as many weeks as they lost 2-1 in the Airtricity Premier Division at the Carlisle Grounds.
In a game low on quality, Pat’s found themselves 1-0 ahead after just two minutes through Conan Byrne. The score was 2-0 on 14 minutes when Christy Fagan put the ball past Aaron Dillon in the Bray goal.
Bray halved the deficit five minutes later through Gary McCabe following good work from Aaron Greene down the left.
The second half was of particular poor quality as neither side managed to sustain any meaningful momentum as Pat’s held on for their first win of the new season in a deserved victory.
Bray Wanderers 1-2 St. Patrick’s Athletic
Cork City 2-0 Waterford
Sligo Rovers 2-1 Derry City
Shamrock Rovers 0-0 Dundalk
Limerick 1-1 Bohemians