Wednesday 24 May 2017

Stamp out for Wexford

WEXFORD will start Sunday's Leinster SHC quarter-final against Antrim without team captain Darren Stamp.

The Oulart' clubman, who damaged his ankle in a work accident last week, has not recovered his fitness in time and his clubmate Ciaran Kenny fills in at centre-back in a half-back line that also includes Mick Jacob.

The Slaneysiders have two championship debutants in teenage full-back Matthew O'Hanlon (19) and goalkeeper Niall Breen (Tara Rocks), while Willie Doran partners David Redmond in midfield.

Cormac Donnelly is back for Antrim having missed the end of their league campaign and the championship win over Laois with a groin injury. The Ballycastle powerhouse replaces clubmate Neal McAuley at full-back.

Eddie McCloskey returns from suspension, while fellow attacker Darren Hamill is also drafted into the side. Karl McKeegan and James Black are the ones to lose out.

Aaron Graffin moves to McAuley's right half-back spot to accommodate Donnelly's return. McCloskey takes over from McKeegan at corner-forward, while Hamill's inclusion at full-forward sees Neil McManus move to half-forward in place of Black.

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