Sunday 18 May

Carlow v Kilkenny, Netwatch Cullen Park, 3pm
Dublin v Wexford, Parnell Park, 3pm

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Television

Highlights of all the weekend’s action on The Sunday Game on RTÉ2 Television and the RTÉ Player form 9.30pm.

Weather

Sunday will be a day of bright or sunny spells and occasional showers, some heavy in the afternoon. Top temperatures of 13 to 17 C.

Potentially do or die in Donnycarney

While it remains to be seen just how vulnerable a Canning-less Galway are against either team, the consensus is this is a game neither can afford to lose.  

Certainly if last year is anything to go by. Despite a generally flat championship performance in 2018, Wexford were at least able to reach the All-Ireland series courtesy of a scratchy win over Dublin in Wexford Park.

The game is probably a tad more important for Dublin. Wexford haven't made their opening bow yet and still get to welcome Kilkenny to Wexford Park on the final weekend. The Dubs, despite much pre-match giddiness, have already garnered zero points from their own meeting with the Cats. 

Mattie Kenny's team led by four points at half-time but by then Kilkenny already had their dander up and there was something strangely inevitable about the second half turnaround. 

Any negative fallout from the poor second half display was selflessly hogged by Greg Kennedy, taking one for the team. 

Greg Kennedy will be absent from the pitch this Sunday

Dublin's strength remains their half back line where Chris Crummey and Sean Moran are important bulwarks.

Up front, Danny Sutcliffe's form was a real bright spot, the St Jude's player scoring four points in total and, somewhat regrettably, Dublin's only two scores from play in the second half. 

Wexford are still something of an unknown quantity in 2019. The league was even less a barometer this year than it normally is though their form was relatively decent until an abject second half capitulation against Galway in the quarter-final in Salthill. 

The hype during the spring was that Wexford were dead serious about the league after a poor-ish 2018 campaign. This was scotched by Davy Fitzgerald in rather emphatic terms, who described such talk as "rubbish" and announced that he "couldn't give a f**k" about winning the league. That settled that then. 

Wexford were missing star attacker Rory O'Connor against Galway and Liam Óg McGovern was only called into action during the second half. But their principal failing in that game was defensive, where they gave away frees with bewildering regularity. 

LAST 5 CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2018: Wexford 0-22 Dublin 2-14, LSHC Round 2
2016: Dublin 2-19 Wexford 0-12, LSHC QF
2014: Dublin 0-22 Wexford 1-14, LSHC SF
2013: Dublin 1-17 Wexford 0-12, LSHC QF Replay
2013: Dublin 1-17 Wexford 1-17, LSHC QF 

Buoyant Carlow face unforgiving Cats

These are exciting times for Carlow hurling. Billed as this year's yo-yo entry from the ranks of the Joe McDonagh, Carlow gave Galway hell in Salthill last weekend, with the home side needing to put on a late spurt to make sure of a six-point victory. 

Marty Kavanagh again attracted plaudits, landing 0-05 from play in addition to his haul from frees, with Chris Nolan slipping home a goal when it looked like the game could run away from Carlow early in the second half. 

Carlow's strong showing in Pearse Stadium turned heads

Speaking to the Carlow Nationalist afterwards, wing-back Richard Coady had mixed feelings after the loss, annoyed they couldn't cause an upset but adamant that Carlow had proven they can live at Liam McCarthy level. 

Carlow may take further motivation from the school of thought which suggests that the Tribesmen are inclined to be casual against lower ranked opposition and that goal-hungry Kilkenny are considerably more ruthless. 

The Cats are in a good place following their five-point win over Dublin with an injury-hit outfit last weekend. It would be a stretch to say the Cats defied the odds, but it was regarded as a dicey prospect beforehand. 

Cody made clear during the week that none of the injured players are ready to return against Carlow but the view from the Kilkenny People is they may have stumbled on the bones of a new team. The XV that finished Saturday's game was very different to the side which began it. 

Huw Lawlor was named at centre back but really began to excel when he returned to the troublesome berth of full back. Padraig Walsh, after struggling at midfield, became a formidable presence at centre back during the second half. 

Most are anticipating a Kilkenny victory this weekend, after which Cody's side have three weeks to prepare for reigning Leinster champions Galway in Nowlan Park. 

Follow all the hurling action this weekend via our live blogs on RTÉ.ie/sport and the News Now app, listen to live national commentary on RTÉ Radio 1 and watch live and exclusive TV coverage of the Munster SHC games on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player this Sunday.