Wexford vs Wicklow has the makings of the most competitive game in the Leinster Football Championship this weekend. The two sides were among the best in Division 4. However, Wicklow were the ones who earned promotion while Wexford came up just short.
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Last weekend, these sides met in the final round of the League. The game was a promotion shoot-out with Wicklow claiming the spoils by three-points. Wicklow goalkeeper Mark Jackson was hugely influential on the result. He kicked three long-range frees that proved to be the difference. It was a twenty-minute spell in the second half that set Wicklow apart. Wexford failed to get on the scoreboard in that time and had too much to do in the closing moments.
Wexford returned to action the week before with a win over Limerick. It was an encouraging start to Shane Roche’s spell as manager after Paul Galvin stepped down. However, Wicklow halted their progress and Wexford face another year in Division 4.
There will be no second chances in the Championship this year with the qualifiers gone. So, Roche will be almost relieved his side have gotten a loss out of their system. Now, they can learn from what went wrong and apply it to Sunday’s game.
Paddy Power are unable to choose a favourite for this one. Both teams are Evens to advance. A draw is worth a look at 15/2.
The game is live on GAA GO.
Leinster Senior Football Championship Round 1: Wexford vs Wicklow, Sunday, November 1st, 13:30 (Chadwick’s Wexford Park).
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