Wexford primed for Cats clash
Wexford got their championship title hopes back on track following a hard-fought victory over Cork in Round 2 of the All-Ireland championship.
After their opening-round 2-14 to 0-9 defeat to Galway, questions marks lingered over the Wexford defence while doubts surrounded the potency of their attack after scoring 0-9, with Ursula Jacob chipping in with 0-7 from frees.
But the defending champions bounced back and after some early jitters against Cork and a dramatic last-minute penalty save by Mags Darcy, they recorded a 0-14 to 1-11 victory.
And JJ Doyle's side have a clean bill of health for their crunch encounter against old rivals Kilkenny this weekend at Wexford Park.
Katrina Parrock, Una Leacy and Jacob are all expected to line out in attack, with Josie O'Dwyer moving into the forwards from her customary midfield spot.
Kilkenny, managed by Ann Downey, will be looking for their third victory on the trot, having defeated both Offaly and Dublin comprehensively in their opening- round ties.
Downey will be looking to All Star Ann Dalton to pull the strings at midfield and her duel with Kate Kelly will be one of the highlights.
In addition, the scoring form of Michelle Quilty and Aoife Neary is a strong positive for Downey's side, who are chasing their first All-Ireland since 1994.
In the remaining ties, Clare play Tipperary in Ennis, while Dublin entertain Offaly.
Galway take on Cork on Sunday afternoon at Pearse Stadium with a throw-in time of 5.0.