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All-Ireland SHC preliminary round preview: Wexford v Antrim

Updated: Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 15:05 | Comments

Wexford were unlucky to fall at the hands of Dublin over two fixtures
Wexford were unlucky to fall at the hands of Dublin over two fixtures

By Micil Glennon

Wexford face their third game in three weeks but the draw could not have been much kinder with Antrim travelling to the Model County.

While they were unlucky not to see off the Dublin challenge in the drawn game, they were never in the replay thanks, in part, to Andrew Shore’s early red card.

Ironically, had they come through against The Boys in Blue, they would be facing up to Kilkenny on Sunday.

Instead they now face the Saffrons, beaten by Laois in the first round, and would play Carlow should they progress. Not a bad consolation for defeat by any means.

The Ulstermen arrive at this juncture having beaten Westmeath before losing to Laois.

They could have done with a home draw as one would think that the Slaneysiders would not be so vulnerable in Wexford Park.

Captain Neil McManus told RTÉ’s Championship Matters: “The whole team are looking forward to the challenge with gusto. We relish every Championship occasion, it’s do or die now, there’s no failsafe anymore.”

With the prize of another home tie on offer, Liam Dunne’s men should get the job done.

Verdict: Wexford

Wexford: Mark Fanning, Eoin Moore, Tomas Waters, Bobby Kenny, Richie Kehoe, Michael O'Regan, Ciaran Kenny, David Redmond, Lee Chin, Jack Guiney, Garrett Sinnott (c), Harry Kehoe, Paul Morris, Podge Doran, Rory Jacob.

Antrim: Chris O’Connell, Barry McFall, Arron Graffin, Conor McKinley, Simon McCrory, Neil McManus (c), Paul Shiels, Jackson McGreevey, Neal McAuley, Tony McCloskey, Conor Carson, Shane McNaughton, Christopher McGuinness, Karl Stewart, Darren Hamill.

Highlights and analysis of all the weekend’s action on The Sunday Game from 22:00 on Sunday 23 June on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only).

Expert and fan reaction on Take Your Point from 18:00 on Sunday 23 June on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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