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Three Talking Points Ahead Of Weekend Walsh Cup Clash Against Kilkenny

The Wexford Senior Hurlers will be back in action on Saturday evening..

Attention now turns to the Saturday 21st of January, when Wexford host Kilkenny in the next round of the Walsh Cup. The game starts in Chadwicks Wexford Park at 6:00 PM.

Here, we look at some of the major talking points as the game closes in.

The buzz:

There’s a serious buzz around Wexford leading up to this game. That is mainly because people are excited to see Wexford perform under the new floodlights. Wexford GAA have teased that the Wexford Park floodlights are like no other in any GAA ground. They also said that there will be a fireworks and light-show on the night. The entire ground will be sold out, with 13,000 people expected to attend the Walsh Cup clash to mark an historic occasion.

Starting fifteen:

Wexford hurling manager, Darragh Egan, has opted for mostly youth in the two previous Walsh Cup games. In the first game, Wexford lost out to Laois and then in the second game, they defeated Offaly in Birr. Given that this is a must-win game for Wexford and given the fact that they still want to progress in the Walsh Cup, it will be interesting to see if Darragh Egan opts for more experienced heads to lead the charge against Kilkenny.

The likes of Lee Chin, Diarmuid O’Keefe, Jack O’Connor, Conor McDonald, Shane Reck, Simon Donohoe, Damien Reck, and Liam Ryan are just some experienced players that have received game-time in the previous two games.

Although winning is not vital in these competitions, it’s nice to build up some momentum too and to get into a winning habit, especially at home and against rivals. Wexford will also have one eye on the opening Allianz Hurling League game against Galway, which takes place on Sat 4th Feb, at 5pm.

Last year’s game:

While it’s important to focus on the present, the past can sometimes offer an insight too. Last year’s game between Kilkenny and Wexford in the Walsh Cup was a cracker, according to Darragh Egan. It was tit-for-tat for most of the game; Wexford’s Conor McDonald caught a long-ball in the dying moments of the game to claw back a draw which seen Wexford go through to the Walsh Cup final. If this weekend’s game is anything like last years, or anything like the previous battles with Kilkenny, we’re definitely in for a treat.

Jason Redmond
Jason Redmond

From Gorey, Jason is the owner of Wexford Weekly. He is also a post-primary English and History teacher.

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