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Wednesday 22 October 2014

No concerns for Wexford's Dunne

Published 11/06/2013 | 05:38

8 June 2013; Lee Chin, Wexford. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Wexford v Dublin, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

WEXFORD HURLING manager Liam Dunne has no major concerns ahead of Saturday evening's replay showdown with Dublin at Parnell Park (7 p.m.).

Paul Morris, having cried off the drawn game hours beforehand through illness, will be fully fit as he bids to reclaim his place after coming in as a substitute, and this will leave Dunne and his selectors, Murty Dempsey and Tomás Codd, with a huge decision to make.

However, the team will not be selected until later in the week, but the exact line-out may not be known until just before the game and is still likely to show at least two changes in personnel.

Lee Chin, now the only dual player at Senior level, whose weekend exploits were recognised on 'The Sunday Game', is sure to retain his midfield role at the expense of Ciarán O'Shaughnessy, given his commanding display once introduced as a 28th-minute substitute.

Meanwhile, Paudge Doran is likely to come under pressure in attack, as the late replacement for Morris, Jack Guiney, is sure to be retained given his scoring exploits in the drawn game, and his general all-round display.

Midfielder Harry Kehoe, forced to retire with severe cramp twelve minutes from the end, should be fully fit to take his place in the starting 15.

Having turned in one of their best displays for some seasons in drawing with Dublin, Wexford will now be seeking more craft to go with their graft, as they bid to continue to bring the passion and pride back to hurling in the county.

Wexford knew going into last Saturday evening's game they had considerable ground to make up, having lost to Dublin by 13 points in the league. They came under pressure to deliver a big championship game, and maybe on another occasion they would have buckled once Dublin took the lead in the closing seconds. But the character of this side stood the test as they fought back and forced a free before Guiney's levelling point.

Wexford will be hoping to win more quality outfield ball for them to sharpen their attacking game, but they have the players to correct that and make this another difficult night for Dublin. One has to admire the heart shown by this young side who will strive might and main to bring their game to another level.

Questions have been raised about Dublin. Now Wexford have an opportunity to prove the pundits wrong and move on to a provincial semi-final clash with reigning All-Ireland champions Kilkenny on June 23.

The losers of Saturday evening's game will not have to sit and wait to find out who their opponents will be in the qualifiers.

In the preliminary round the losers of Dublin and Wexford will play host to Antrim. Carlow received a bye to phase one where they will play whoever emerges from that triumverate.

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