Paddy Bradley starred for Derry in Aughrim this afternoon, hitting 1-8 in the Oak Leaf's 1-15 to 1-10 Bank of Ireland SFC qualifier first round success over Wicklow.
Hugh Kenny's charges got off to a terrible start, going1-03 to no score down. Johnny McBride had pointed the way in the first minute for Mickey Moran's men. Bradley followed that up by pointing a free on five minutes, showing great agility to score a neat goal two minutes later before James Donaghy curled another point over for Derry.
Rathnew forward Doyle replied for the Leinster side with four points (1 free) to reduce the gap to 0-05 to 1-07 with three minutes of the opening period remaining. Club colleague Tommy Gill was Wicklow's only other scorer but played a pivotal part in their goal as he was dragged down by Kevin McGuckin for a clear penalty. Doyle struck it cleanly and to goalkeeper Barry Gillis' left and the home side were still in the hunt at half time, just 1-05 to 1-10 down.
However, they could not however bridge that gap and Bradley, who hit 1-06 in the first half, continued to impress after the break. Three minutes in, McBride traded points with Gill (free) and Donaghy notched his third. With Gill and Doyle missing placed balls, Derry eased to victory with Bradley hitting two points before the final whistle. Gill claimed successive frees late on for Wicklow, but it was too little too late.