Wednesday 22 November 2017

Leinster final a bridge too far for Wexford

Davy Fitzgerald Pic: Sportsfile
Davy Fitzgerald Pic: Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Since Davy Fitzgerald took over in Wexford, they've lost just one competitive game; the League semi-final against Tipperary.

Their progress has been remarkable but winning a Leinster final against Galway is a bridge too far for the Slaneysiders.

Davy will still come with a plan for Galway, and specifically Joe Canning in that deep-lying number 11 role.

With Shaun Murphy plying his trade at sweeper, this will allow for a man-marker on Joe, and I expect James Breen to fulfil this role.

The real test of Murphy and this Wexford sweeper system will arrive at Croke Park, in the wide-open spaces. It's a set-up that can be rolled out successfully in tighter grounds but the acid test is how it will hold up against Galway, a team who have the tools and ammunition to counteract its effectiveness.

Two years ago, Galway came up against a sweeper in the 2015 All-Ireland quarter-final against Cork in Thurles, and demolished the Rebels.

Wexford will still give Galway plenty to think about and Tribes manager Micheál Donoghue will have given plenty of thought to how he tackles Lee Chin.

Don't be surprised to see the mouthwatering prospect of Chin and David Burke going at it but Donoghue could also ask Adrian Tuohy to pick up Wexford's man-mountain.

I've tipped Galway for the All-Ireland, however, and they'll pick up a second Leinster title along the way.

Irish Independent

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