Championship debut dawns for boss
Published 09/06/2015 | 00:00
David Power has vowed that Wexford will bring all the hurt of the National League with them as they set out on the Leinster Senior football championship trail with a quarter-final clash against Westmeath in Cusack Park, Mullingar, on Sunday (3.30pm).
Having put in their final preparatory work down on Waterford's Gold Coast, Power is adamant that Wexford are now fully fixated on their own game.
'We have been focusing on getting our own performance right. Should we do that we will do very well against Westmeath,' he added.
Wexford have received an added boost in the weeks leading up to the game with the return to training of full-back Graeme Molloy, while Conor Carty has also resumed training, but neither will be included in the starting 15.
'Graeme has been back training over the past two weeks. He had made considerable progress, stepped it up during our Waterford weekend session. While he did not take all the training in, he still showed enough to be given consideration.
'We will have a look at him this week, to see for a reaction, but all going well he will be included in our match day 26, but will not start.
'In relation to Conor (Carty) the game is a bit too soon. He will not figure for this one but we will be monitoring his progress,' Power said.
Wexford are now hoping to make progress under their new leader but realise the task that lies ahead of them. Still Power is confident of getting a performance from his side.
'Going into this game we will have a lot of new players, but that's the way it is. We are an improving team, and have worked hard over the last couple of months.
'They have got game time and experience and have come on a lot. The morale and spirit in the camp is very good with each player working hard for each other.'
But Power is likely to give three to four players their championship debuts in what will be a real cauldron on the tight Mullingar pitch.
'Both Naomhan Rossiter and Simon Donohoe look likely to start in defence. While we still have to finalise our side it looks as if both players that will be chosen in central defence will be championship debutants. We know Westmeath have some quality in attack but Brian Malone is another player who could yet figure in a central defensive role.
'The margins are tight when it comes to choosing between some players. There has been a huge effort in training with players putting in an immense amount of work. We will also have a look at the Junior semi-final against Longford this Wednesday evening.
'We will be giving James Breen a run out in this game. James has had a re-occurrence of a virus but has been back training having missed some game time. We will look at him against Longford and decide from there, but he has trained very well over the last number of weeks.
'We will also be looking to start a good football week with a victory over Longford. We have a strong outfit so it would be a boost to qualify for a Leinster final,' Power added.
Power feels Wexford are ready for a huge performance. 'I could not be more happy with the way training has gone. The experienced players are all in top form, while the younger players have all the qualities to compete at this level. Should we get a performance we can get a result. We simply don't want a defeat to happen.'
Should Wexford win they go into a provincial semi-final clash against the winners of Meath and Wicklow in Croke Park on June 28, while defeat would hand them a home qualifier game with Ulster side, Down, on Saturday, June 27. Down lost their opening game to Derry by one point, 0-12 to 0-11, on Sunday in Celtic Park, Derry.