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Wicklow 1-15 Down 0-17

Updated: Sunday, 19 Jul 2009 22:29

Tony Hannon struck the winning point for the Garden County
Tony Hannon struck the winning point for the Garden County

Tony Hannon etched his name into Wicklow footballing folklore with a last minute ’45 that gave his side a famous victory over Ulster big gun Down at Aughrim.

The Garden County men had gotten off to a solid start, ending the first half three points ahead, 1-09 to 0-09, with Leigton Glynn’s cleverly taken goal separating the teams.

But Down came back and Wicklow, managed by Mick O’Dwyer, had the Mourne men's inaccuracy to thank for their still being in the game late on. Ambrose Rogers and Aidan Carr both missing chances with the sides level in the dying minutes after Benny Coulter’s point levelled matters.

Then, with extra time on the cards and Down finishing strongly, Wicklow almost won the game with a late goal when James Stafford spurned the chance to fist an easy point and took a shy at goal. He had his shot saved well by Brendan McVeigh in the Down goal but McVeigh could only force the shot wide, opening the door for Hannon.

Down hoped for a late let off, but the classy Hollywood man’s beautifully flighted free never looked like missing and it is Wicklow march into the GAA Football Championship’s final 12.

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