Leinster Minor Football round-up - Wicklow shock Dublin
Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship
Wicklow 2-6 Dublin 0-8
Meath 1-13 Offaly 1-12
Louth 3-11 Westmeath 2-11
Kildare 5-10 Laois 1-6
Longford 1-9 Carlow 0-8
The Wicklow minor footballers pulled off a stunning 2-6 to 0-8 victory over Dublin in the Leinster Minor Football Championship this evening.
The shock result means that defending champions Dublin now face a real battle on their hands to qualify for the provincial semi-finals.
With just one more match to play in the Round Robin phase, they now find themselves in third place in Group 1 behind guaranteed table-toppers Meath in first place and their conquerors this evening, Wicklow.
Both Dublin and Offaly still have a chance of making the semi-finals if they win their final round-robin match, but the ball is very much in Wicklow’s court now.
They’ll be guaranteed a place in the semi-finals if they can beat Meath in their final Round Robin match.
That won’t be easy though, because the already qualified Royals continued their impressive form with a fourth win from four matches against Offaly tonight.
They had to do it the hard way, requiring a late goal to seal a one-point victory.
Kildare are also assured of a place in the Leinster semi-finals after they made it three wins from three in Group 2 with a comprehensive victory over Laois.
Despite that defeat, Laois are still second in Group 2 but have played all of their four matches so will have to wait nervously for results to go their way next weekend if they’re to progress.
Longford are the only team in Group 2 who can deny them a place in the semi-finals. They defeated Carlow this evening and will progress to the knock-out stages if they can somehow put Kildare to the sword next weekend.