Three newcomers for Wexford

Wexford manager Paul Bealin has included three debutants in his side for Sunday's Leinster SFC quarter-final clash with Meath (Croke Park, throw-in 2.10pm).

Wexford manager Paul Bealin has included three debutants in his side for Sunday's Leinster SFC quarter-final clash with Meath (Croke Park, throw-in 2.10pm).

Wing back Graeme Molloy of St. James', Horeswood's Ciaran Deeley, who captains the side from right half-forward, and Clongeen clubman Liam Murphy, at right corner forward, will all make their championship bows for the Model men. It is a first start at senior level for Molloy, who was an Under-21 panellist for the past two seasons.

Gusserane ace Philip Wallace returns at full back having been passed fully fit. He broke his arm in a League match against Armagh last month.

Ahead of his first championship game in charge of Wexford, former Dublin midfielder Bealin insisted: "We’re really looking forward to Sunday’s game and to be honest we’re probably happier to be facing Meath than Louth.

"Louth had a very good League campaign and had they beaten Meath, they would have really come up against us full of confidence.

“We know more about Meath having played them in the League earlier this year, even though we beat them that result will count for nothing on Sunday."

Former skipper John Hudson goaled as Wexford beat the Royals by 1-15 to 2-11 in March.

This weekend's tie is only the third championship meeting between the counties in the last 25 years. The sides met in 1981 (Wexford 2-09 Meath 1-11) and 1994 (Meath 4-14 Wexford 2-06).

Sunday's winners will play either Kildare or Offaly in the semi-final on June 18.

WEXFORD (SFC v Meath) - J Cooper; C Morris, P Wallace, N Murphy; P Curtis, D Murphy, G Molloy; R Stafford, D Kinsella; C Deely (capt), P Colfer, R Barry; L Murphy, PJ Banville, M Forde.

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