Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford will enter championship 2018 with their first game in the Leinster Round Robin series with Dublin on Sunday at Wexford. Dublin have already been in action so far, with a loss coming to a fancied Kilkenny side last weekend in added time thanks to a Kilkenny goal by Liam Blanchfield.
Manager Pat Gilroy would have known that game was there for the taking coming down the home straight but Dublin failed to put Kilkenny away and Kilkenny fought back from 7 points at one stage to win the game by three. However, there was some encouraging performances, Conal Keaney impressed, Paul Ryan and Chris Crummy, while Eoghan O’Donnell man marked TJ Reid and he only got a point off him, so there are loads of positives. Another positive for Dublin is that they have the upper hand on Wexford since 2008 having won all the games between the two sides over the last 10 years, so they wont fear going to Wexford Park.
Wexford, come into the Leinster round robin on the back of staying in the top flight for 2018, while they reached a semi-final only to be beaten by Kilkenny. Loads of positives yet again though with players like Aidan Nolan and young Rory O’Connor coming to the fore in the league games, while the players like Liam Ryan, Conor McDonald and Lee Chin could have all big games in them here.
The sides will meet here for the fifth time in six seasons. Dublin have won in 2016, 2014 and the replay in 2013, Dublin also won in 2009.
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2016: Dublin 2-19 Wexford 0-12 (Leinster quarter-final)
2014: Dublin 0-22 Wexford 1-14 (Leinster semi-final)
2013: Dublin 1-17 Wexford 0-12 (Leinster SH quarter-final) Replay
2013: Dublin 1-17 Wexford 1-17 (Leinster quarter-final) Draw
2009: Dublin 0-18 Wexford 1-13 (Leinster semi-final)
Wexford won three of five Allianz League games in 1A, beat Galway in the quarter-final and lost to Kilkenny in the semi-final, while Dublin beat Antrim and Laois in 1B and lost out to Tipperary in the quarter final.
Speaking ahead of the game, Davy Fitzgerald told the Wexford People ‘’Just look at it, we have the reigning provincial and All-Ireland champions coming to Wexford, we have to travel to Kilkenny and Offaly, but for now we will look no further that our opening game with Dublin. Just look at our recent record against Dublin it’s not good and people need to realise that,”
Pat Gilroy told OFF THE Ball after the Kilkenny game ‘’There’s a lot of things we can learn from the game but it’s about picking it up next week and doing it again.”
Teams will be announced on Friday and we will post it on site as soon as we get them
Wexford are 3/10 favourites to win that is understandable may be going on the two sides’ league form, however you mustn’t forget Wexford haven’t beaten Dublin since 2008. Dublin on that evidence are value for money at 3/1 especially after pushing Kilkenny close. A draw is 10/1. I wouldn’t touch the handicap here of Wexford -4, that means Wexford have to win by 5 points at least for you to win, therefore I would back Wexford to win by 1-3 points at 7/2, with Conor McDonald to get the first goal.