Friday 20 September 2019

Godkin says Wexford are ready for Waterford challenge

THIS IS possibly one of Wexford Football League's biggest tests when they come up against the might of the Waterford League in a winner takes all final group game in the Oscar Traynor Trophy competition, writes Brendan Furlong.

Both sides recorded comprehensive and impressive victories over the Kilkenny League which has set up this showdown, with the ultimate winners advancing to the knockout stages.

Wexford Football League made history last season when winning the Oscar Traynor Trophy for the very first time. Now they will be putting their title on the line at Ozier Park with the Waterford boys under former Irish international, Aston Villa and Waterford player, Alfie Hale, confident of not just winning this game but going on to win a trophy they have coveted so much in the past.

Manager John Godkin has developed a squad which he believes is good enough to overcome this most difficult of games.

Keeper Lee Walker should return the number one jersey although he's being pushed hard by Paul Darcy (Moyne Rangers) and Darren Walsh (Adamstown).

The back four which started out against Kilkenny, Davy Purcell, Lee Chin, Anthony Rossiter and Tomás Hawkins, are coming under increased pressure from the returning Paul Rossiter, Garrett Larkin, Graham Howlin and Barry Hearn.

With Seán Culleton ruled out owing to Gaelic games commitments, this creates a vacancy as to who will partner Leighton Gleeson, Eugene O'Brien and Ricky Fox. Both Seán Miller (Moyne Rangers) and Marty Kelly are pushing strongly for inclusion.

Up front both Jason Murphy and Alan Pike will be hoping to get the nod over Trevor Berry, John Hudson, Warren Broaders and Dylan Mernagh.

With Seán Culleton and Philip Drohan both unavailable and Michael Grangel injured, champions New Ross Celtic will be without a player in the squad.

'This is going to be a massive test as Waterford have a huge reputation in the competition. We must travel to Ozier Park so it will be a test of our character. We are looking forward to it and confident of advancing through to the knockout stages,' said Godkin.