By William O’Toole
Wicklow eased into the finals of the National hurling league with a comprehensive win over Fingal at Pearse Park on Sunday.
Casey O’ Brien’s men knew that they would need to rack up a big points win against the Dublin outfit to book their place because if Meath beat Down point’s difference would have come into play.
The home side put in a ruthless second half display that saw them score 2-21 without reply and they ran out easy winners of this contest.
Fingal started the game with the winds at their backs and they got the opening score of the game but points from Staunton, Lee, Moorhouse and Keddy got the home side rolling. Fingal got another few points on the scoreboard but Wicklow soon established a six point lead.
It looked like the home side were getting on top at this stage but a goal and a point in quick succession from the visitors reduced Wicklow’s lead to one.
Wicklow put the foot on the gas after that though and the remainder of the game was one way traffic. Mikey Lee sent over a few points and got Wicklow’s opening goal, to sent them in at half time with a good lead.
Casey O’Brien introduced St. Patrick’s marksman Andy O’Brien for the second half and his first two touches resulted in a point and a goal.
After that Wicklow opened up the flood gates and hit 1-20 without reply. A lapse in the Wicklow defense allowed Fingal in for their second goal of the game right at the death but it was all academic at that stage.
In the end Down took care of Meath and Wicklow will now face the Ardsmen in the National League Final for a place in Division 2A
Final Score: Wicklow 3-32 Fingal 2-8