Christy Ring preview: Wicklow v Kildare

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Updated: May 20, 2011

Kildare will face Wicklow this coming Saturday in Aughrim looking to seal a place in the Christy Ring Final.

Kildare have had it all to do to get this far in the competition, having lost their opening tie against Kerry by four points, the lilywhites were forced to earn their stripes and did so with big wins over Mayo and Derry.

A 7 point win over Mayo at McHale Park might have caught eye however if that didn’t then their 4-18 to 1-13 win over Derry again away surely did. Tony Murphy, David Harney and a brace from Martin Fitzgerald did the damage that day and Kildare will once again look to their forward line to guide them.

Kildare will be looking to avenge their league defeat that saw them narrowly lose by three points, 2-14 to 0-17.

Wicklow meanwhile secured their place in the semi final with a third win of the season over Derry. Jonathan O’Neill scored 8 points in that 3-19 to 2-11 win and will once again be the focal point for Wicklow.

The Garden men, who won the Division 3A title this year at the expense of Derry, are currently on an upward curve having only lost 1 league game since 2009 and winning up two league titles as well as the Keogh Shield although they might have to plan without dual stars Leighton Glynn and Stephen Kelly.

Both players are set to play for the footballers against the same opposition the following day in the Leinster Senior football championship. The County board had originally requested that this fixture be moved back a week to accommodate the players however that request was turned down. Both men could feature however and haven’t been ruled out just yet.

Wicklow will head into the game full of confidence and in Andy O’Brien they have a player in form, O’Brien scored 2-2 in the Derry game.

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