By Rory Houston - @RTESundayGame
Leighton Glynn has paid tribute to Wicklow manager Mick O’Dwyer as the county look forward to their All-Ireland second-round qualifier replay in Aughrim on Saturday.
The Garden County men nearly caused a huge upset against Armagh last weekend as they forced extra-time in a dramatic match in the Morgan Athletic Grounds and then held on for a draw to earn the replay.
It was an unlikely result for O’Dwyer and Wicklow with many commentators believing last Saturday would spell the end of a glorious management career.
It continues for at least one more weekend with Wicklow hosting the Orchard County in a mouth-watering clash in Aughrim for the right to meet Tyrone.
Glynn told RTÉ Radio 1‘s Sport at 7: 'He is very hands on. It is the man management aspect too because he takes time for everyone. You’re fitness levels under Micko are unbelievable, especially this time of year. He times it so well.
‘You might not be great in the league, you might struggle but come the Championship you are flying. Maybe we weren’t against Kildare but certainly against Sligo and Armagh.
'Even in extra-time last week we were still motoring fairly well. There is nothing magic to what he does. You won’t see many cones or poles but you’ll see a lot of the field running around it!'
Glynn revealed that the Wicklow players had an extra incentive to perform against Armagh after they were largely written off in the run-up to the game, despite a creditable win over Sligo in the last round.
'We were beaten before we got on the bus to go to Armagh and that gave us the impetus to go up there and give it a good go. Micko is a great man for instilling belief in us and we knew going up there we were in with a chance.
'We got off to such a good start and knew then we could get the win but we were probably fortunate to get the draw. We would have taken the draw going up so we were happy enough.'
Aughrim is perceived as one of the most difficult grounds in the country for an away team to produce a result. Glynn admits he is a bit bemused by how much focus the ground is given but feels it is something that Wicklow can take advantage of.
'The media make a lot of it. We’ll go a long with it for our benefit. It is a small venue and seems like it is packed. Wicklow supporters and very vocal and it galvanises the players to play that little bit better. It is not an easy place to get to from the likes of Sligo and Armagh.'