Carton and Prendergast to debut for Wexford

Goalkeeper Noel Carton and right corner back Lar Prendergast are the only Championship debutants in the Wexford team to face Galway in Saturday night's Leinster SHC quarter-final.

Goalkeeper Noel Carton and right corner back Lar Prendergast are the only Championship debutants in the Wexford team to face Galway in Saturday night's Leinster SHC quarter-final.

Cloughbawn net minder Carton only made his National League debut in March but has impressed during his spell in the starting line-up, which included the recent Division 2 final win over Clare.

Prendergast was used as a substitute in that game, coming on for the injured Paul Roche, and the Oulart-the Ballagh clubman will don the number 2 jersey for this weekend's clash at Nowlan Park (throw-in 7pm).

In all, Wexford boss Colm Bonnar has made two changes to the side that edged out Clare, Prendergast and Michael Jacob coming in for Roche and Andrew Shore respectively.

Richie Kehoe is set to start at right half-back, despite suffering a knee injury in a recent club game, while Harry Kehoe and Colm Farrell will continue their midfield partnership.

Eoin Quigley, who missed most of last season through injury, will lead the Wexford attack on the forty, alongside the returning Jacob who was drafted back into the panel in the latter stages of the league.

Boosted by their promotion to Division 1 of the National League, the Model men are chasing their seventh win in eight Championship games against Galway - there was one draw back in 1976.

With the winners facing Offaly or Antrim in a June 20 semi-final at Croke Park, Bonnar knows his players will have to be on top form to beat the Tribesmen, the newly-crowned Division 1 champions.

"We are under no illusions regarding the task facing us, as Galway will be warm favourites," he said.

"We want to do well in the Championship, obviously. That has been our goal for the past five months since we began our preparations. We will need to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

"There's no doubt that Galway will try to blast us away in the opening 20 minutes as they did to Cork in the Division 1 final. We will have to be prepared for that and meet the challenge head on.

"We will go out and give it everything - give it a real lash as the players are really up for the game. I'm confident of getting a huge performance out of the players."

Diarmuid Lyng led by example against Clare with a top-scoring tally of 0-7, and Bonnar will be hoping for a similar return from his captain on Saturday.

WEXFORD (SHC v Galway): N Carton; L Prendergast, K Rossiter, C Kenny; R Kehoe, D Stamp, M Travers; H Kehoe, C Farrell; M Jacob, E Quigley, D Lyng (capt); R Jacob, S Banville, P Atkinson.

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