Wicklow 0-12 -
KILDARE enjoyed a comfortable four-point victory against Wicklow on Sunday in a senior challenge at Blessington on Sunday thanks to goals from two new panel members – Carbury’s Willie Groome and Naas’ Conor Mellett.
Mellett struck first in the 18th minute while Groome, playing at midfield alongside Hugh Lynch, scored a second just before the interval.
Both managers fielded experimental sides for this warm-up game with Harry Murphy only using one of the players (Paul Earls) that figured in the league final earlier in the year.
The game remained very even in the first quarter but in the 18th minute Mellett struck for the first goal of the match to put Kildare in front. Another goal just on the stroke of half-time by midfielder Willie Groome sent Kildare in leading by 2-7 to 0-4.
Wicklow improved greatly in the second half and picked off some great points with newcomer Matthew Byrne particularly impressive. However, they failed to break down the Kildare defence for a goal and the Lilywhites finished up winning by four points.
Wicklow: Robert Lambert; Barry Murphy, James Kelly, Stephen Coen; Paul Cunningham, Luke Benson , Kevin Hanlon ; James Sheerin , Eoin Keogh ; Rory Nolan, Matthew Byrne 0-6, Daniel Woods, 0-1; Edward Doyle, Paddy Dalton, Paul Earls 0-1. Subs: Ciaran Tyrrell; Brendan Kennedy; Ian Sheerin; Kevin Murphy 0-1; Jason Bolger; Colm Byrne; Mark Doyle 0-3; Matthew Gilbert; James Stafford.
Kildare: Shane Connolly, Ollie Lyons, Andrew McLoughlin, Peter Kelly; Cathal McNally, Michael Conway 0-2, Emmet Bolton; Hugh Lynch, Willie Groome 1-1; Rob Kelly, Padraig O’Neill, Brian Flanagan; Fionn Dowling, Conor Mellett 1-0, Seanie Johnston 0-4. Subs: Ronan Sweeney 0-2; John Doyle 0-1; Daryl Flynn.