Conor McDonald is looking forward to renewing battle against Dublin tonight as Wexford aim to halt a losing run against the men from the capital.

Liam Dunne's side take on the Dubs in Croke Park at 7.15pm with a Leinster semi-final against Kilkenny awaiting the winners.

The Model men last beat Dublin in the provincial Championship in 2008, with defeats in 2009, 2013 [after a replay] and 2014 since then.

Forward McDonald, 20, made just his second championship start two years ago and scored an early goal but the reigning Leinster champions eventually ran out 0-22 to 1-14 winners.

"They went to the replay the year before and I suppose we probably felt we could have pipped them the first day down in Wexford Park as well," reflected McDonald on that day.

"We'd be hoping to try and get back on top and get one back over them"

"We've been talking about composure a bit. They had the likes of Conal Keaney, Alan McCrabbe, who were composed through the whole game.

"They were able to stand up and get the couple of scores. I think Conal Keaney ended up with five points, four of them came in the last 20 minutes so it was just a learning process for us and hopefully we have learned from it and rectified it.

"In the last couple of years they have beaten Wexford, so in a way we'd be hoping to try and get back on top and get one back over them, of course.

"But we're just treating this as 2016, one game at a time, and it just so happens that Dublin are in the way of where we want to go."

It's the Model County's first appearance at headquarters since 2008 and McDonald is relishing the prospect of making his Jones' Road championship bow.

"There is an extra little buzz like any other county would have," he admits. "It's something that dreams are made of. It's where you want to play when you're younger, hitting a ball against the wall and you're thinking of hitting it into Hill 16.

"Of course, it's a little bit different but there comes a stage where you have to prepare mentally and physically to play just like any other game

"At the end of the day, it's the same pitch as any other pitch.

"They've probably played there a bit more than we have. If it was in Wexford Park you'd probably say it was an advantage to us [but] I don't really think it's an advantage in Croke Park, especially in hurling.

"There could be more Wexford people there than Dublin [fans].

"It's a big open pitch and Dublin have a lot of fast players but we're hoping obviously to put a stop to that and implement our own game."

Wexford threatened a revival of fortunes in 2014 with championship wins over Clare and Waterford before a quarter-final exit to Limerick but they looked to have gone backwards when losing heavily to Kilkenny and Cork last year.

McDonald rejects the charge that they have lost the momentum from that thrilling campaign.

"I wouldn't say that at all really. 2014 was brilliant because we pulled through on results. We got a few results that we really ground out and we shocked people maybe.

"2015 maybe didn't go our way. Waterford beat us in the last round of the league. If we'd won that it would have been a massive boost for us if you see where Waterford went, won the league, went on to play in an All-Ireland semi-final.

"Momentum builds on results and in 2015 in particular we just didn't get those results and we're hoping to put that right now on Saturday."

Dublin v Wexford (Saturday 7.15pm) and Tipperary v Cork (Sunday 4pm) will be shown live on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player, with live commentary on RTÉ Radio 1 and live blogs on