Tuesday 17 September 2019

Tipperary hold the aces

The Wexford fans will still be grieving the loss their senior side endured against Tipperary last Sunday (stock photo)
The Wexford fans will still be grieving the loss their senior side endured against Tipperary last Sunday (stock photo)

Sean McGoldrick

The mood of the rival fans will be at opposite ends of the scales when they gather in Nowlan Park for today's U-20 All-Ireland hurling semi-final.

The Wexford fans will still be grieving the loss their senior side endured against Tipperary last Sunday. In contrast the Tipp fans will be cock-a-hoop after their hurling fortunes took a decided turn for the better in the last fortnight.

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In the wake of their Munster final loss to Limerick it was the U-20 side who provided the county with a much needed lift, with Jake Morris scoring a sensational winning goal in the fourth minute of injury time.

Morris made a significant impact when he came off the bench in last weekend's senior match, scoring a goal - which was controversially disallowed - and he also landed a point. He looks like a player brimming with confidence just as the season reaches its climax.

Wexford beat Offaly, who earlier had accounted for Dublin in the Leinster championship, but they succumbed to yesterday's other beaten semi-finalists Kilkenny in the provincial final, even through the Cats were without senior player Adrian Mullen.

This is the last chance saloon for Wexford teams this season in terms of challenging for an All-Ireland, after the demise of the minor and senior sides last Sunday. But Tipperary holds all the aces.

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