Wicklow 3-13, London 1-8 By Larry Cooney.
London’s league campaign got off to a losing start in sunny Aughrim last Sunday afternoon, but the Exiles were much better than was reflected by their 11-point margin of defeat to a very focused Wicklow team inspired by their captain Leighton Glynn, who bagged a hat-trick on his return to action after a long absence.
The long-serving Wicklow talisman helped himself to 3-3 with all but a point of his personal tally coming in the first half at the end of which the hosts were fourteen points ahead.
Wicklow also had the benefit of a strong wind in the opening half and although London enjoyed a promising start they soon found themselves on the back foot as the home midfield and the lethal Leighton Glynn took command.
Six months after the London trotted out on the hallowed turf of Croke Park the Exiles soon found Aughrim to be quite a contrasting venue in the rural southern reaches of the Garden County.
After all the recent inclement weather and although cold the playing conditions were also remarkably good and everything seemed set up for an entertaining game of football as Dublin referee Garry McCormack got the game underway.
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