'Doc' drafted into Wexford team

David 'Doc' O'Connor has been included in the Wexford team for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Kilkenny (Croke Park, throw-in 2pm) in the only change manager John Meyler has made to the side that saw off Tipperary last weekend.

David 'Doc' O'Connor has been included in the Wexford team for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Kilkenny (Croke Park, throw-in 2pm) in the only change manager John Meyler has made to the side that saw off Tipperary last weekend.

O'Connor, who scored two points as a substitute in the 3-10 to 1-14 defeat of Tipp, has been preferred to Stephen Nolan at left half-forward.

The news comes as a big disappointment for Nolan who top-scored with 1-5 in last month's Leinster final loss to Kilkenny.

Veteran goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry will captain the Models once again in what will be his 166th senior appearance for his county. Midfielder Rory McCarthy, another survivor from the 1996 All-Ireland winning side, has been included despite doubts over his fitness.

Injury forced McCarthy off at half-time against Tipp but Meyler expects the St. Martin's clubman to be fit for the semi-final. Meanwhile, full-back Keith Rossiter, who was nursing a groin strain, and substitute attacker Paul Carley have both shaken off knocks.

Despite their long provincial history, Wexford and Kilkenny will be meeting for the first time ever in an All-Ireland semi-final this weekend. The game comes just five weeks after their Leinster final clash which Kilkenny won by 2-24 to 1-12.

Wexford are bidding to reach the All-Ireland decider for the first time since 1996 when they went on to beat Limerick. The men from the south east have won three, drawn three and lost four of their ten semi-final encounters between 1970 and 2004.

WEXFORD (SHC v Kilkenny) - D Fitzhenry (capt); M Travers, K Rossiter, P Roche; R Kehoe, D Ruth, D Lyng; R McCarthy, D Stamp; E Quigley, M Jordan, D O'Connor; B Lambert, M Jacob, R Jacob.

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