Cody's Kilkenny the perfect challenge so close to first league encounter
Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford face another searching test when they step up against Kilkenny in their Bord na Móna Walsh Cup semi-final at O'Kennedy Park, New Ross, on Sunday (2 p.m.).
There is no doubt that the presence of Fitzgerald has brought an added interest to this season's preliminary competition, so his battle of tactics with the illustrious Brian Cody should bring an even greater crowd to this penultimate round meeting.
Wexford came through their first major test against Dublin on Thursday very impressively. Now their clash with Kilkenny will be a further challenge for the set-up as they build preparations for the crucial opening league game at home to Limerick on February 12.
Apart from the long-term injured players, Fitzgerald will be calling on the squad that has been available to him for the competition so far, but he is likely to field his strongest possible side for this Kilkenny challenge.
Given the current interest in Wexford hurling, coupled with the Fitzgerald/Cody factor, one can expect a huge crowd at the New Ross venue for what should be an entertaining contest.
With Matthew O'Hanlon and Lee Chin named as joint captains, this will be a further opportunity for players to bed down places in the league squad. Galway will face I.T. Carlow in the other semi-final in Ballinasloe at the same time.