Minor footballers travel to Offaly
Published 21/05/2016 | 00:00
The Wexford Minor footballers will be expected to dig deep when they travel to O'Connor Park, Tullamore, on Sunday to take on Offaly in the provincial quarter-final (1 p.m.).
At the start of the year manager Kevin Kehoe assembled his squad, but this will be their first real competitive game, as their opening round with Kilkenny was a non-event given the eventual final scoreline.
This is in stark contrast to Offaly who have had three very competitive games in the lead-up to this quarter-final meeting.
But there is no evidence to suggest that Wexford will be nothing but confident of gaining a victory as they have put in an amount of preparation, having had games with Galway and Laois over recent weeks.
While there is a doubt over Barry O'Connor, who is in Lourdes this week, it's expected that the injured pair of Mark Rossiter (back) and Mark O'Neill (wrist) will be available for selection.
'We have put in the preparation so hopefully we can achieve a result. A victory here would really kick start our championship, but in Tullamore a victory is still always difficult to achieve,' Kevin Kehoe said.
'We are confident that with extra physio this week Mark Rossiter will come through fully fit. As for Mark O'Neill, we will give him as long as possible.
'We will not really know until he gets the cast off his wrist this week.'
With a number of players from last year, Kehoe is looking forward to the challenge.
'While I have not seen Offaly I have had positive reports about the team. Like all Offaly teams they will be committed and seeking a victory at home, but obviously we are confident we can cope with whatever challenge is presented.'