St. Patrick’s host Rathnew in the Wicklow club championship semi-final replay on Saturday afternoon.
Rathnew have been the powerhouse of Wicklow club football throughout its history, winning 30 titles and the last two championships. St. Patrick’s are the third most successful club, winning 11 titles.
The clubs met last Sunday in Aughrim and Rathnew claimed a 1-8 to 2-5 draw after a late Leighton Glynn equaliser. St. Patrick’s made a great start and a Paul Earls goal helped them amass an early 1-3 to no score lead. Rathnew slowly grew into the game and managed to tie the scores at 1-4 apiece at half-time.
The second half began with a free apiece from Tommy Gill and Austin O’Malley. Points from Leighton Glynn and Mark Doyle gave Rathnew a two point lead and the champions seemed to be edging towards victory.
A late mistake from Rathnew goalkeeper James Hollingworth allowed Eamonn Woulfe to score a late goal and give St. Patrick’s a slender one point lead. Leighton Glynn scored a point in the last minute of added time to force a replay.
Rathnew were in the ascendency before Woulfe’s goal agains the run of play, and the two time reigning champions will be confident of claiming another title. Rathnew are narrow 8/15 favourites with Ladbrokes to overcome St. Patrick’s on this occasion.