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WALSH CUP SH Q-FINALS

WEXFORD v NUIG

(Páirc Uí Suíochan, Gorey, Today 2.0)

WEXFORD fans who care only for small ball have already received one new year's tonic, Lee Chin's decision to focus exclusively on hurling this season. Today, the Slaneysiders face the students of NUI Galway, who last weekend capitalised on two Laois red cards to come with a late winning burst. If Wexford keep 15 on the pitch, they might sneak this and set up a potential semi-final date with the Dubs.

VERDICT: Wexford

OFFALY v GALWAY

(Tullamore, Tomorrow 2.0)

Brian Whelahan enjoyed a winning start to his Offaly reign, and he particularly enjoyed the "great heart and passion" of a second half performance against Antrim that saw them turn a four-point deficit into a six-point win. That said, a Galway squad (and manager) with everything to prove after last year's debacle will surely provide a more serious examination of any would-be Faithful revival.

VERDICT: Galway

KILKENNY v DIT

(Freshford, Tomorrow 2.0)

Like Galway above, another wounded Goliath enters a new season with a point to prove and the naysayers wondering if Kilkenny still have what it takes. Brian Cody is back, emboldened no doubt, but it's hard to know what to expect tomorrow until we see which bodies actually take to the field. DIT won an absorbing extra-time battle with Westmeath last weekend, aided by Niall McMorrow's nine-point haul, but will their reward be a Black-and-Amber booby prize?

VERDICT: Kilkenny


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