Wexford unchanged, Carlow make tweaks

Wexford manager Liam Dunne has selected an unchanged team for tomorrow's All-Ireland SHC first phase qualifier against Carlow.

Wexford manager Liam Dunne has selected an unchanged team for tomorrow's All-Ireland SHC first phase qualifier against Carlow.

Dunne's charges are heavy favourites to win the Leinster derby at Wexford Park (throw-in 2.30pm), with the victors making it through to the final phase in two weeks' time.

The selected side includes Eoin Moore at corner back in place of Willie Devereaux, while Paul Morris, who shook off a shoulder injury to start against Westmeath last weekend, is positioned at top of the right.

Diarmuid 'Gizzy' Lyng top-scored for the Model men, finishing with 0-15 (0-8f) in that 3-22 to 2-9 defeat of the Lakesiders on home soil.

Gary Moore, Eoin Quigley, Jack Guiney, Shaun Murphy and Stephen Murphy, who were all used as substitutes against Westmeath, have been kept in reserve again.

Meanwhile, Carlow boss Kevin Ryan has made a number of changes to the side that started the Leinster opener against Laois last month.

He has added Killian McCabe and Hugh Paddy O'Byrne to the full-back line, while David English and Richie Coady are listed as the starting midfielders with Jack Kavanagh and Andrew Gaule moved into the half-forwards.

Free-taker Marty Kavanagh, who led the scoring with 0-7 against Laois, will have Daryl Roberts and Craig Doyle for company in the full-forward line.

Speaking to the Carlow Nationalist, Ryan knows his players will give it their all in pursuit of a result but highlighted the sort of impact that emigration and injuries have had on his panel.

"Overall, the lads are all working very hard. It's just that it's a numbers game," he said earlier this week.

"We have everyone working but it is the amount of lads who are missing between emigration and long-term injuries. Off the top of my head you have John Rogers missing, Eddie Byrne is out, Des Shaw is gone away and so is Paudie Kehoe.

"I think we have Jack Kavanagh back but (injury worry) Alan Corcoran is in genuine bother now. We would be praying we have him but it is not looking good for him."

WEXFORD (SHC v Carlow): Eanna Martin; Eoin Moore, Matthew O'Hanlon, Keith Rossiter; Darren Stamp, Ciaran Kenny, Richie Kehoe; David Redmond, Diarmuid O'Keefe; PJ Nolan, Garrett Sinnott, Harry Kehoe; Paul Morris, Diarmuid Lyng, Rory Jacob.

CARLOW: Frank Foley; Killian McCabe, Eoin Nolan, Hugh Paddy O'Byrne; Johnny Corcoran, Shane Kavanagh, Edward Coady; David English, Richie Coady; Jack Kavanagh, Andrew Gaule, Mark Brennan; Daryl Roberts, Craig Doyle, Marty Kavanagh.

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