Leinster SFC semi-final preview: Meath v Wexford

Updated: Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 13:53 | Comments

Meath and Wexford meet in Croke Park looking to gain a place in the Leinster final
Meath and Wexford meet in Croke Park looking to gain a place in the Leinster final

By Micil Glennon

Meath v Wexford, Croke Park, 2pm

It’s hard not to bill this game as a curtain raiser for the Dublin-Kildare game but an intriguing battle lies in store as both sides aim to reach a Leinster decider.

Meath’s win in ‘Fortress Aughrim’ two weeks ago demonstrated a significant mental toughness, especially as Wicklow already had an impressive win over Longford under their belts.

The fact that the Royals had nine different scorers is another string to their bow. The old adage that if you can stop the best players playing doesn’t apply.

However, manager Mick O’Dowd says that they have to perform better to reach the final on 14 July and that Croke Park brings its own challenges.

He told the Irish Independent: "I think you need pace in Croke Park. You're always trying to blend it, get the right mixture between pace, experience and strength, different areas but it's a fair comment to say that's what we're trying to do.”

Wexford won’t be one bit afraid of their opponents. While Dublin have dominated in terms of silverware, the Model County are no strangers to finals and semi-finals.

In the quarter-final they faced a tricky trip to Louth, who had beaten Laois comprehensively in the previous round, and won by a point.

Forward Redmond Barry says he is desperate to reach the final and have another chance at winning a medal.

Speaking in the Irish Daily start, he said: "I'd love to win one but you can't afford to look any further than Sunday. You can't. I'm at the age now where you don't even know whether Sunday is going to be your last Leinster Championship game.”

The Slaneysiders have won the last two Championship meetings between the sides, in 2006 and 2008.

Meath will be keen to put and to that run and get a shot at Dublin or Kildare.

Verdict: Meath

Meath: Paddy O'Rourke, Donal Keoghan, Kevin Reilly, Bryan Menton, Padraic Harnan, Caomhín King, Seamus Kenny, Brian Meade, Conor Gillespie, Peadar Byrne, Damien Carroll, Graham Reilly, Eamonn Wallace, Stephen Bray, Michael Newman 

Wexford: Anthony Masterson; Michael Furlong, Graeme Molloy, Lee Chin; Brian Malone, David Murphy, Adrian Flynn; Daithi Waters, Rory Quinlivan; James Holmes, Ben Brosnan, Aindreas Doyle; Ciaran Lyng, Redmond Barry, PJ Banville.

Live television coverage of Meath v Wexford and Dublin v Kildare from 13:30 on Sunday 30 June on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage of all the day’s action from 15:00 on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ RnaG and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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