Wexford v Kilkenny, Wednesday, 7.30pm, Wexford Park, Live on TG4
Wexford and Kilkenny meet in the Leinster U20 Hurling Final on Wednesday evening. The sides have met at senior and minor level this year already with Wexford winning the Leinster Finals in both codes. The Slaneysiders will be hoping for a clean sweep here.
Looking at Wexford they are coached by Wexford 1996 winner and All-Ireland panelist MJ Reck. They come into the game on the back of an impressive over Offaly in Tullamore 2 weeks ago. Wexford won by 5 points that day, 2-20 to 1-18. Shelmaliers man Ross Banville was superb on the night registering 0-10 that day with three from play. I expect Wexford to continue with the same team. Therefore, Eoin Molloy, Michael Kelly, and Conor Scallan will be key players in defence, while Charlie McGuckin and Eoin Murphy will look to have good games in midfield. Banville, Conall Clancy, and Sean Keane Carroll will look to have big games in the attack.
Kilkenny come into the game on the back of an impressive 1-19 to 1-15 win over Galway in the Leinster semi-final. DJ Carey’s side will know a better performance will be required to beat Wexford who has been spurred on by the minor and senior success in recent weeks. A massive crowd will also be roaring on Wexford which is worth a couple of points to them. Kilkenny will look to James Brennan and Michael Carey and the pivotal full back and centre back positions. Evan Shefflin will be a key player in midfield. In attack senior star Adrian Mullen will be once again the key man along with the impressive Eoin Cody.
Teams are yet to be announced but here are our predicted teams
Wexford: James Lawlor; Cathal O’Connor, Eoin Molloy, Eoin O’Leary; Niall Murphy, Mike Kelly, Conor Scallan; Charlie McGuckin (capt), Eoin Murphy; Sean Keane Carroll, Ross Banville, Conall Clancy; Sean O’Connor, Jack Reck, Diarmuid Doyle.
Kilkenny: Dean Mason (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Mikey Butler (O’Loughlin Gaels) ,James Brennan (Naomh Éanna), Conor Flynn (Graigue Ballycallan), Conor Heary (O’Loughlin Gaels)Michael Carey (Young Irelands), David Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge) Evan Shefflin (Ballyahle), Eoin O’Shea (O’Loughlin Gaels), Adrian Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Niall Brassil (James Stephens), Aaron Brennan (Graigue Ballycallan), Seán Ryan (Graigue Ballycallan), Eoin Cody (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Stephen Donnelly (Thomastown)
Kilkenny are 4/11 to win this game, with Wexford 5/2 to win. The draw is priced at 9/1. Personally, I think Kilkenny will edge this one and I would back them to beat the handicap at Kilkenny -4.