Saturday 19 January 2019

All eyes on Wexford as Davy Fitz begins tenure

Walsh Cup round-up

Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald
Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald

With severely diluted versions of Kilkenny and Dublin already having begun their Walsh Cup campaigns and thus not in action this weekend, Gorey is probably the most interesting spot in Ireland for hurling this weekend.

It's not beyond Davy Fitzgerald to coax a big year out of a Wexford panel heaving with potential and there won't be a manager who wants it more, given the nature of his player-driven extraction from Clare.

They play UCD tomorrow (Gorey, 12.45), a college that had high designs on this year's Fitzgibbon Cup, though a team that might have to redraw those ambitions. As it stands, Nicky English won't have Cian O'Callaghan, Colm Cronin, Jake Malone or Con O'Callaghan for this year's Fitzgibbon weekend after the decision to refix Cuala's All-Ireland club SHC semi-final against Derry's Slaughtneil for February 25.

They will however, have James Maher, Tadhg de Búrca, Cillian Buckley though none of those are available for tomorrow's action.

The Dublin interest among the students will include Oisín O'Rorke (Kilmacud Crokes) and James Madden (Ballyboden St Enda's), two players who Ger Cunningham would dearly love to have available to him pre-League.

Pacey Dublin forward Eamonn 'Trollier' Dillon, meanwhile, won't play for DIT against Galway in Ballinasloe tomorrow after picking up an injury in training recenly.

Elsewhere, Kevin Ryan begins his Offaly tenure in Trim tomorrow against Meath while the man he replaced, Eamonn Kelly, does likewise with Laois in their clash against NUIG in Rathdowney.

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