Cork v Wexford, Sunday, 3pm Pairc Ui Chaoimh
This division 1a clash is very important for both sides given they lost their respective opening Allianz League games, Cork lost out to Kilkenny at Nowlan Park, while Wexford pushed Limerick all the way and could of drawn the game but they lost out in the end. The one saving grace for the sides is there is no relegation so there is little pressure on players but still they will obviously want to win the game.
Last weekend it looked to me that John Meyler’s Cork had little or no interest in the league is that due to the no relegation or are they leaving big performances till the summer who knows. Some players like Pa Horgan and Declan Dalton really played well for the Rebels. Looking at Wexford they pushed All-Ireland Champions Limerick all the way in Wexford Conor McDonald hit the post approaching injury time from a good volley shot and you never know what would have happened then if the sides got level. Liam Ryan was sent off for no apparent reason in my opinion also. Wexford have quality with the likes of McDonald, Cathal Dunbar and David Dunne. Lee Chin hasn’t featured in the league yet so he may be given game time if fit enough.
I expect this game to go the way of Cork especially as they are on home soil in front of their fans. I wouldn’t expect a big Wexford following to travel down to this either. The current odds have Cork as favourites at 4/9 and Wexford as 21/10 outsiders. Cork to win by 2 or 3 points I would be going with here.
1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)
3. Damien Cahalane (St. Finbarrs)
4. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields)
5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Tim O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum)
7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)
8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
9 Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
10. Conor Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
11. Michael O’Halloran (Blackrock)
12. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
Wexford : Mark Fanning; Damien Reck, Darren Byrne, Simon Donohoe; Paudie Foley, Matthew O’Hanlon, Shaun Murphy; Diarmuid O’Keeffe, Kevin Foley; Jack O’Connor, David Dunne, Liam Og McGovern; Cathal Dunbar, Conor McDonald, Paul Morris.