Coming into this year’s Championship, those of a Wexford persuasion took huge encouragement from the near misses of 2013. Over 70 minutes in two separate games, they’d drawn with Dublin and Clare, the eventual Leinster and All-Ireland champions.
DUBLIN will have to plan without full-back Kevin Ryan — out with a hamstring injury — for their Allianz NHL league clash with Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday. But the Dubs are hopeful centre-back Tomás Brady and midfielder Johnny McCaffrey will have recovered from knocks sustained when, respectively, assisting Na Fianna and winners Lucan Sarsfields in the Dublin U-21HC final last Saturday.
HAD he had a mind to do so, Damien Fitzhenry, the last line of defence for the Wexford hurlers in Sunday’s Leinster SHC final against Kilkenny, could easily have been the first point of attack for the Wexford footballers in their provincial decider against Dublin, two weeks later.
THE primary concern for Kilkenny man Tommy Buggy these last few days has been the preparation of Carlow champions St Mullin’s for the herculean task of taking on reigning AIB All-Ireland titleholders Birr in the Leinster semi-final in O’Moore Park on Sunday.