Footballers up North
Power in upbeat mood ahead of clash against Derry
Wexford will be hoping to keep the back door ajar for a longer period when they make the long journey to take on Derry in the second phase All-Ireland Senior football championship qualifier in Owenbeg on Saturday (2 p.m.).
Having shocked Down in the opening round, a team promoted to Division 1 in the league, Wexford are travelling with a high degree of confidence that they can turn in a repeat performance.
Manager David Power is delighted that he will be able to pick from a full squad.
'Our only injury concern is 'keeper Shane Roche, who retired during the Down game with a shoulder problem. We are monitoring the situation but we are hopeful that he will be fit and available for selection. Other than Shane we have a fully-fit squad, a well-focused squad who are looking forward to the game.'
The back door can be good for Wexford which is why Power is in such an upbeat mood.
'We are looking forward to the game, the players are looking forward to the game. The players are now looking forward with more confidence but we cannot presume we can get that performance again, we will have to work for it, as it will be every bit as hard to get the performance the players served up against Down.
'We may be in the difficult side of the draw. In Derry we have been drawn with possibly the toughest team, especially having to travel, but it's not all about home venue, as we have seen from other results,' he said.
'We need to push on from the Down game. I'm confident that the players can produce another performance. We are in with a great fighting chance despite having to travel. A win would be another great boost for Wexford football as we are well aware.'
On the dual player issue now that Wexford are out of the hurling title race, Power said:
'It has been mentioned to me over the weekend regarding some hurlers coming into the squad. At this stage of the championship that is just not feasible as we are half way through the season.
'We have a very good squad, players who want to play football for Wexford. To change anything at this stage, we would be in a no-win situation. No, we are sticking with the squad that has been available to us all season,' he confirmed.
Power also said that despite having lost both James Breen and Anthony Masterson to the Senior set-up, he has yet to finalise any additions for the forthcoming All-Ireland Junior semi-final with Kerry on July 25.