Martin sees Wexford lift from Oulart club success
Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30
Oulart - The Ballagh's Leinster club success can provide a big lift for Wexford hurling, one of their most versatile players has suggested.
Eanna Martin, who was reserve goalkeeper to Damien Fitzhenry before pursuing an outfield career, believes the club's breakthrough, after six previous final defeats, is a "massive thing" for the county in general.
Martin accepts that Wexford had a "hard year" after making some progress in 2014, taking out Clare and Waterford. "I suppose the element of surprise was gone for certain players and other teams when coming to play Wexford. They knew the young lads coming through," he suggested.
Martin, who has played his club hurling with Sarsfields in Cork but has since switched jobs and moved to Dublin, admits they struggled to recover from their league defeat to Waterford in March.
"We knew it was a make-or-break game. We unravelled a little bit after that," he suggested.
"We've let a lot of games slip that we could have won that in turn, we could have been top of the division and could have been competing so we are going to put a big effort into the league."
Speaking at the launch of Leinster GAA's Strategic Plan in Croke Park, Martin has identified the first two league games against Limerick and Clare as vital to their progress in 2016.
"Those games are going to be massive at the start of the year because they're make or break.
"Playing Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds on a Saturday night and if you're coming out of there with a couple of points, you're going into the Clare game and get something your season opens up. On the other hand, if you don't you're under pressure."