Friday 15 December 2017

No divided loyalty as 'Banty' Welcomes farney for model assignment

Seamus McEnaney. Photo: Sportsfile
Seamus McEnaney. Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney was Monaghan boss 11 years ago when the Farney men last clashed with Wexford in the championship, but he will find himself in the opposite corner after yesterday's Qualifier Round 2B draw.

Wexford edged out Limerick on Saturday, with McEnaney lauding their "refusal to give up". Now he finds himself in a sticky situation on July 8 as his Model side welcome his native Monaghan to Innovate Wexford Park, but there will be no divided loyalties.

"It happens quite regularly now that a manager finds himself managing against a team he was with before. We see it every weekend in the Premiership so it's not that unusual anymore. My job is to manage Wexford and maximise their potential - they are the single most important thing to me at the moment," McEnaney said.

The remaining fixtures see Westmeath bid to recover from their humiliating 31-point defeat to Dublin when they host Kieran McGeeney's Armagh and an all-Division 4 clash between Carlow and Leitrim.

Elsewhere, Tipperary boss Liam Kearns was in Tullamore on Sunday to watch Cavan dispose of Offaly and will hope to match the Premier's remarkable run to last year's All-Ireland semi-final, but they must first negotiate a daunting trip north to meet the Breffni men.

Kilkenny v Limerick is the standout fixture of the Round 1 All-Ireland SHC Qualifier draw, with the Cats hosting the Treaty this Saturday they aim to get their All-Ireland charge back on track.

Reigning All-Ireland champions Tipperary will be overwhelming favourites to swat Westmeath aside in Semple Stadium this weekend, while Derek McGrath's Waterford side are on the road after being drawn away to face Offaly.

Ger Cunningham's young Dublin side have been given an ideal opportunity to build momentum through the back door against an injury-ravaged Laois.

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2B

Saturday July 8

Westmeath v Armagh, TEG Cusack Park, 7.0

Wexford v Monaghan, Innovate Wexford Park, 3.0

Carlow v Leitrim, Netwatch Dr Cullen Park, 3.0

Cavan v Tipperary, Kingspan Breffni Park, 2.0

All-Ireland SHC Qualifier Round 1

Saturday July 1

Dublin v Laois, Parnell Park, 7.0

Kilkenny v Limerick, Nowlan Park, 7.0 Sky Sports

Tipperary v Westmeath, Semple Stadium, 5.0

Offaly v Waterford, Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 3.0

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