Wexford face Westmeath at St. Loman’s Lakepoint Park on Wednesday in the Leinster Under-21 Football Championship Quarter-Final.
Both teams received byes into the quarter-final and Wednesday’s clash will signal their first competitive action of the 2013 campaign. Westmeath beat Carlow 0-11 to 0-03 at this stage of the competition in 2012, but lost out to eventual winners Dublin in the semi-final. They will be very confident of a win against Wexford as they look to book their place in the last four.
Wexford were unlucky to lose out to Dublin in the first-round of last year’s Championship by just three points. It was a promising display, but the unfavourable draw against the eventual champions meant their campaign would come to a premature end.
Westmeath will have senior stars John Heslin and Kelvin Reilly at their disposal for the clash with the Model County and big performances will be needed. The Westmeath team has not yet been released.
Kevin Kehoe has named a strong Wexford side, with no major injury concerns hampering his selection. Colm Kehoe and Edward O’ Byrne star in midfield, while Dermot O’ Keefe is centre-back. Lee Devereux, Graeme Cullen and Robert Demsey make up the full-forward line.
Wexford (v Westmeath): Michael O’ Toole (Starlights), Darren Foley (Fethard St. Mogues), Thomas Cullen (St. Anne’s), Aidan Cash (Shelmaliers), Jack Kelly (Starlights), Dermot O’ Keefe (St. Anne’s), Lee Chin (Sarsfields), Colm Kehoe (Cloughbawn), Edward O’ Byrne (St. Martin’s), John Tubritt (Fethard St. Mogues), Cathal O’ Brien (St. Fintans), AJ Lehan (Shelmaliers), Lee Devereux (St. Mary’s Rosslare), Graeme Cullen (Gusserane), Robert Dempsey (Glynn Barntwon).
Players to Watch
Kelvin Reilly scored 1-1 in Westmeath’s loss to Dublin in last year’s competition and is now an established member of the county’s senior panel. A big game is expected from the forward in St. Lomans Lakepoint Park on Wednesday.
Wexford’s Graeme Cullen and Robert Dempsey are two accurate attackers and they will lead from the front for Kevin Kehoe’s side.
Westmeath should be much too strong for Wexford and are 1/4 to progress to the Leinster semi-final. If you fancy a longshot, the Lake County are 12/1 to win the Leinster championship outright with Boylesports.com.