Galway v Wexford, Saturday, 1.30pm, Pearse Stadium
The TG4 cameras will be in Salthill on Saturday when Wexford make the journey West to play Micheal Donoghue’s Galway in what will be a repeat of the sides meeting in the Leinster Championship in 2 and a half months time.
Davy Fitzgerald speaking to the Irish Herald said he expects Galway to be ruthless following their dissapointed against Waterford the last day, he said “Being in Division 1A and 1B is the Atlantic Ocean of a difference. I’d think from now on, knowing Donoghue as I know him, he is a very competitive manager, this guy is a ruthless guy. “He’s a ruthless guy and I’ve a feeling from now on you’re going to see that ruthlessness that the team are going to portray. “They’ll be very disappointed at losing to a last-minute goal the last day. I’ve a feeling we’re going to feel the brunt of it early on the next day. Wexford had a superb league finishing second in the division with wins over Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary, the losses coming to Clare and Limerick narrowly, so they are not to far away from the chasing pack to be fair. Their opponents on Sunday Galway will be dissapointed with their loss to Waterford last weekend considering they were 10 points up at half time, albeit the conditions counted a lot. They finished 3rd in 1b behind Dublin and Waterford. The wins coming against Laois, Offaly and Dublin, while a draw with Carlow also occured,
Looking at the sides Galway will remain without the St Thomas’ contingent who are in action on St Patrick’s Day against Ballyahel. However, in attack they have match winners Joe Canning, Jason Flynn, Niall Burke, Conor Whelan and Davy Glennon are all forwards who can cause serious damage. Cathal Mannion is likely to be named in midfield, while in defence Gearoid McInerney and Padraic Mannion will once again be key. Wexford will travel to Galway with massive confidence following that win over Kilkenny last weekend, Kevin Foley operated as a sweeper in that game and he excelled at it. In defence, Darren Byrne, Damian Reck and Liam Ryan will need to have big games to keep the Galway defence at bay, while in attack players like Lee Chin, Liam Og McGovern and Conor McDonald will need big performances.
Galway are 1/2 to win with Wexford 15/8 and the draw is 9/1. Jason Flynn at 9/4 to score a goal at any stage is a good bet.