Martin in goal for first clash of year with Cats

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT -

DAVY FITZGERALD will be hop­ing to lay down an early marker when the Wex­ford Se­nior hurlers take on Kilkenny in the Bord na Móna Walsh Cup semi-fi­nal in Belle­field on Sun­day (2 p.m.).

Both James Breen and Ian Byrne have re­turned to the squad hav­ing missed out on last sea­son, while Eanna Martin will act as the back-up for net­min­der Mark Fan­ning.

How­ever, with Fan­ning ruled out of Sun­day’s game ow­ing to a ham­string in­jury, Martin will take his place in goal.

Fitzgerald said they have a num­ber of in­jury con­cerns go­ing into the game.

‘While Mark is out, Rory O’Con­nor (knee), Damien Reck (jaw) and Paul Mor­ris (knee) are also out of con­tention, with Lee Chin only 50-50 ow­ing to a ham­string prob­lem,’ ac­cord­ing to the man­ager.

‘It will be at least mid-Fe­bru­ary be­fore Reck and O’Con­nor will fig­ure.’

Fitzgerald added that ‘Shane Reck and Ian Byrne will start while Sea­mus Casey will fig­ure at some stage.

‘We’ve four weeks train­ing be­hind us. The lads may be some­what tired with the heavy train­ing, but we are look­ing ahead to the Lim­er­ick game,’ he added.

That league opener against the All-Ire­land cham­pi­ons will take place in In­no­vate Wex­ford Park on Sun­day, Jan­uary 27.

While Kilkenny will be short of the Bal­ly­hale Sham­rocks con­tin­gent, they will still have a for­mi­da­ble squad to se­lect from, which should make for an in­ter­est­ing clash be­tween these great ri­vals.

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