A Message From Departed Wicklow Ladies Football Manager James Kelly And The Year In Review

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The hunt for the next Wicklow Ladies Football Manager is underway after news broke that James Kelly was stepping down due to work and family commitments. The Laois native took the reigns of a newly promoted Wicklow and a very creditable campaign saw our Wicklow Ladies just miss out on the last promotion semi final spot in their first year in Division 3. 

LIDL Ladies NFL Division 3

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Great wins over Kildare and Down and a big win over Offaly at home were major highlights and despite losses to Roscommon, Sligo and Meath the level of competitiveness in this games was hugely encouraging for a side fresh up from Division 4 with the Longford game the only performance that Wicklow could really feel was not up to scratch with injuries taking their toll towards the end of the league campaign.

Wicklow’s League Campaign

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 2019
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Kiltoom

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Aughrim

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Dunlavin

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Cloonacool Community Park

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 2019
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Roundwood

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 2019
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Pairc Tailteann

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 2019
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Glennon Brothers Pearse Park

The Leinster Championship saw Kelly’s charges out against the ladies of Offaly who had welcomed a lot of strong dual players back into their side for their quarter final clash in Aughrim. Offaly threatened to take victory but Wicklow rallied to secure a hard earned two point opening win to set up a semi final clash with Division 3 league champions Meath. Unfortunately for Wicklow an early Meath scoring blitz in the opening 10 minutes would prove to be our undoing as the royals proved a bridge too far. 

Leinster Championship

TG4 Ladies Leinster Intermediate Football Championship 2019
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County Grounds Aughrim

TG4 Ladies Leinster Intermediate Football Championship 2019
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Pairc Tailteann

The TG4 All Ireland LGFA Intermediate Championship Series draw must have left Kelly and the Wicklow Ladies feeling as though they had shat in the LGFA gods cornflakes as Wicklow were drawn alongside the two eventual Intermediate All Ireland Finalists Tipperary and Meath as well as Wicklow’s long time bogey team Longford in what was by far the Group of Death. Despite such a miserable draw, Wicklow opened brightly away to Longford and in a ding dong battle Wicklow looked like taking victory only for a late Longford rally to see them share the spoils with an opening draw. Next up was another clash with Meath on the road again and an early Meath scoring blitz was again the undoing of Wicklow. The last and final match saw Championship Favourites Tipperary coming to town and ominously arriving after big wins over both Longford and Meath but Wicklow showed that they were not willing to go down without a fight and Tipperary managed to reel in our Wicklow ladies with only minutes remaining in the game. This left Wicklow in 3rd place ahead of Longford but based off a frankly very strange and questionable rule Wicklow were still the team heading to a relegation playoff with Leitrim based on Wicklow having scored “less scores over the bar” despite having a much better scoring differential than Longford. 

TG4 All Ireland Series Group 2 Table

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TG4 All Ireland Series

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Ashbourne

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Dunlavin

This left Wicklow in 3rd place ahead of Longford but based off a frankly very strange and questionable rule Wicklow were still the team heading to a relegation playoff with Leitrim based on Wicklow having scored “less scores over the bar” despite having a much better scoring differential than Longford. Leitrim proved to be a tough opponent and their early goals paved the way to securing their status despite a spirited Wicklow comeback that just ran out of time and our Wicklow Ladies found themselves heartbreakingly back in Junior Championship Football for 2020.

Relegation Playoff

TG4 Ladies Intermediate Football Championship
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Kinnegad

Due to work and personal commitments James Kelly was unable to commit to taking charge for 2020 and he wished to thank all the many people who assisted him in his time in charge here in the county which you can read in his letter below. From our on point of view we found him to be a very approachable gentleman who gave his all for the Wicklow cause and we can only thank him for his service to Wicklow LGFA and wish him well in his future endeavors both on and off the field. James expressed to us his willingness to perhaps return to the role in future years if his work commitments were more favorable to allow him the time to give fully to the role. The hunt is now well under way to find the successor who will inherit a very capable squad who should push the Junior Championship and Division 3 League very hard in 2020 and it will and should be a very coveted role for all potential candidates.

 

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