Under-21s to contest new tournament
Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00
The Wexford Under-21 football squad will prepare for the fast-approaching Leinster championship by participating in a new tournament run by Laois County Board to honour the memory of the late Peter McNulty.
The Portlaoise clubman passed away tragically in 2010, having represented his county with distinction. He was a member of the Laois team which beat Dublin to win the All-Ireland Minor football championship in 2003, and he captained the side which saw off Longford to claim the Leinster Under-21 crown three years later.
On the club scene with Portlaoise, he won county Senior championships in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009 as well as Leinster titles in 2004 and 2009. .
Wexford's first game in the tournament will be on Monday, January 4, at 7.30 p.m. when they travel to Crettyard to take on Laois. They will be at home to Down on the following Saturday at 2 p.m., and will face Tipperary in Dr. Morris Park, Thurles, on Saturday, January 16, in their final group game, at the same time.
All participants will be guaranteed at least one more match on Saturday, January 23, as the top two teams in each group will reach the semi-finals, while the other two sides will contest the shield series. Both finals will be at a Laois venue on Saturday, January 30.
With Wexford, Laois, Down and Tipperary comprising Group A, the other side of the draw features Carlow, Kildare, Galway and Clare.
The Slaneysiders will host Longford in the first round of the EirGrid Leinster championship on February 24, with the winners at home to Westmeath in the quarter-final on March 2. Kildare or Offaly lie in wait in the semi-final on March 16 or March 19, with the decider pencilled in for March 30.
Wexford will be prepared by Senior boss David Power and his fellow mentors, John Power and Michael Walsh, as well as the county's sole All Star, Matty Forde, and John Nolan, who steered St. James' to SFC success.