Chin set to side with Model hurlers

Wexford dual player Lee Chin was last night leaning towards lining out for the hurlers instead of the footballers on Saturday.

Liam Dunne’s men face Clare for a spot in the All-Ireland quarter-finals at 5pm in Semple Stadium this Saturday, two hours before Aidan O’Brien’s side take on Longford in their second round qualifier in Pearse Park.

Chin, who will captain the U21 hurlers in tomorrow evening’s Bord Gais Leinster final in Wexford Park, was expected to inform the managers of his decision either late last night or early today.

However, he yesterday intimated he will be making himself available for Dunne in Thurles in what is a hugely difficult decision for the Faythe Harriers/Sars man.

“It is very hard, this is the whole problem with doing the dual. As much as I enjoy the experience and everything that comes with it, it is so tough to have to let 30-odd lads down that you have been training with all year.

“It kills you inside but it has to be done and you have to be there for the other 30 lads that are looking for your support. With the hurling, I have played every Championship game and played both of the qualifiers.

“This is the big one now, probably the biggest game of the year for us. If we beat Clare we are through to an All-Ireland quarter-final. And that is a big factor that is playing on my mind.

“With the footballers, we are going up to play Longford. I don’t really know, it is going to be a tough ask too. I’m so confused at the moment.”

Chin’s aim is to reach an All-Ireland quarter-final with both or either of the teams and he is planning to line out for both teams next season.

“Next year I am considering the fact I will be finished underage hurling and football so I might have a bit more time to concentrate on both at senior level.”

As Wexford go in search of their first provincial U21 title in 11 years, Chin admits the senior commitment quandary has upset his preparations.

“The U21 final is a big factor, that is why my head is so melted right now because I am kind of refusing to think about what is happening at the weekend because I want to concentrate on tomorrow.”

WEXFORD U21 HC (v Kilkenny): B Murphy (Shelmaliers); G Foley (Fethard), C Goff (Oulart), E Conroy (Naomh Eanna); A Kenny (Buffers Alley), S O’Gorman (Adamstown), D O’Leary (St. Pat’s Camolin); L Chin (Faythe Harriers), J Hobbs (Ballygarret); J Guiney (Rathnure), I Byrne (Ferns), G Moore (Glyn-Barntown); C McDonald (Naomh Eanna), B Carton (Cloughban), R Clarke (Faythe Harriers).

Subs: S Murphy (Monageer), C Heffernan (Faythe Harriers), C O’Leary (Oulart), N Murphy (Crossabeg), S Kenny (Bunclody), D Wright (Blackwater), D Murphy (Blackwater), R O’Leary (Buffers Alley), K Whelan (St. Annes).

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