Wexford were crowned Walsh Cup champions for the second time under Davy Fitzgerald yesterday evening…
Full time in O’Moore Park:
Wexford defeated Galway, helped by a late goal from Naomh Eanna star Conor McDonald which was followed by a last gasp point from the sideline from Crossabeg’s Paudie Foley.
Wexford’s attention now turns to the opening Allianz League game. Next Saturday at 7pm, the Yellowbellies begin their League campaign against Laois.
That game will be played underlights at Laois’ county grounds, O’Moore Park. It was in O’Moore Park that Wexford defeated Galway yesterday, but Fitzgerald has admitted that he’s not looking forward to next week’s clash.
Speaking to Liam Spratt of South East Radio, Fitzgerald said:
“I am very very worried about next Saturday night. I know Laois are just rearing for road. They were there taking notes tonight, they were looking at everything.
“They will think that their big opportunity in the League is playing us here [O’Moore Park] and especially when we are going to be down four or five players next weekend.”
“Next week is going to be a tight one. I’m telling you now. I’m not looking forward to next week.”
Wexford were missing several players for yesterday’s Walsh Cup final. Such players include joint-captains Lee Chin and Matt O’Hanlon, who will not be available for about a month, according to the Wexford hurling manager:
“We’ll have none of them back. Liam Og is a 50-50 chance. The rest of them, not a hope. You’re looking at Lee, Matt, David Dunne and Dee O. They’re all out for the next month, at least. That’s a fair chunk.”
If that is the case, the injured Wexford players will also mix a heavy schedule of important February Allianz Hurling League fixtures. Wexford’s February fixtures consist of Clare at home, Kilkenny at home and Dublin in Croke Park.
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