TWO WEXFORD clubs will be on the road early on Sunday next when they set their sights on reaching AIB Leinster finals, with the Oylegate-Glenbrien Intermediate hurlers facing Kiltale of Meath in Páirc Tailteann, Navan, while St. Fintan's will tackle Clogherinkoe of Kildare in the Junior football penultimate round in St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge, with both games at 2.30 p.m.
It's a journey into the unknown for Oylegate-Glenbrien as they had a bye in the quarter-final whereas Kiltale, winners of the Senior championship in the Royal county when they accounted for Killyon, outpointed Confey from Kildare on Sunday week last.
Any team winning a Senior county title will have to be treated with the utmost respect, particularly in their own back yard, and it will take a supreme effort from the boys in blue to set up a provincial final meeting with St. Oliver Plunkett's-Eoghan Ruadh of Dublin or the Kilkenny Intermediate winners. Clara have qualified for the final on Noreside and await the outcome of the Rower-Inistioge versus St. Patrick's (Ballyragget) replay.
Meanwhile, St. Fintan's are a far more battle-hardened outfit as they already have two good wins under their belts at the expense of Kilcavan from Laois and Kilbeggan of Westmeath respectively. This is the first year that the re-structuring of the local championships has meant that our Junior titleholders no longer represent us in this competition.
Instead it is the Intermediate 'A' victors, and it remains to be seen if this will confer any advantage on the Ballymore-Mayglass men whose opponents have already accounted for Newtowncashel of Longford and Glen Emmets from Tullyallen in Louth.