Nothing at stake in Carlow clash

Football campaign concludes

Brendan Furlong

Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00

Donal Shanley chases Louth substitute Colm Judge in the closing stages of Sunday's disappointing defeat in Drogheda which ended all hopes of promotion
Donal Shanley chases Louth substitute Colm Judge in the closing stages of Sunday's disappointing defeat in Drogheda which ended all hopes of promotion

Wexford's Allianz Football League promotion hopes are over, so one can expect an experimental look to the side for Sunday's final Division 4 game with Carlow at Innovate Wexford Park (1.30 p.m.).

With defeat to Louth came an end to their prospects of an immediate return to Division 3. The implications of the result mean that the Wee county along with Antrim are now promoted, with Wexford just playing for third spot, but more disappointingly they have another season in the lower regions of football.

With the championship outing against Kildare on May 21, manager David Power will still be anxious to end the campaign on a winning note, so he may keep experiments to the minimum, but it will still be a surprise if there are not some changes in personnel for this Carlow game.

Carlow recorded a resounding victory over Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday so will be determined to get one over on their neighbours.

They are a strong, physical side who will also bring to the game the need for consecutive victories with the championship in mind.

Moral victories are not much good but Wexford will see the importance of ending the league on a winning note, as the result could have a significant bearing on their championship performance against Kildare.

Wexford genuinely believed they could have won promotion straight back to Division 3, so they will be bringing the disappointment of that failure into this game.

Still, they have promising young players in Donal Shanley, Simon Donohoe, Naomhan Rossiter and Jim Rossiter to lift the side, and victory at home to Carlow should give them a slight boost as they begin preparations for their Kildare championship opener, with club games down for decision in between.

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