Wednesday 21 February 2018

Banville may be fit for vital trip over border

WEXFORD, WHO have just two games left to preserve their league status, have been boosted by the possible availability of star attacker P.J. Banville for their crucial Allianz Football League Division 3 game with Fermanagh in Enniskillen on Sunday next.

Banville, forced to retire injured during the victory over Sligo, has been undergoing intensive treatment for a hand injury. It was first feared that the hand may have been broken but following x-rays the injury is not as bad as first feared, with the result that he has a real chance of figuring in this crucial game.

However, both Paddy Byrne and Colm Kehoe have been ruled out with hamstring injuries, leaving manager Aidan O'Brien with something of a dilemma as to who will partner Daithí Waters in midfield, as both injured players have spent influential spells in that sector during previous outings.

Fermanagh appear to have hit a rich vein of form in recent games. However, they are still desperately in need of points to preserve their status, which make this a crunch game for both sides. This is possibly not the type of game that Wexford needed at such a crucial stage, having to make the long journey north when points are vital.

Wexford will be striving for a result and don't want to be relying on their final home game against Longford and other results going their way on the last day of the group games. It certainly has been a mixed campaign for Wexford. Having defeated Offaly in their opening game, they lost subsequent games to Roscommon, Cavan and Limerick, before halting their losing run with a victory over Sligo.

A victory would be massive for Wexford. This is where their experienced players will be expected to step up to the mark. They have all been in difficult challenges in the past so will know exactly what is required of them in situations such as this.

Wexford will be seeking out huge games from players like Graeme Molloy, Brian Malone, Daithí Waters, Adrian Flynn, Ciarán Lyng and P J Banville if they are to take home a result.

A win for Wexford would be a statement that the side is on the way towards recovering their best form.

Gorey Guardian

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