Wexford Senior Football Final
A very successful year for Wexford football will draw to a close on Sunday when Horeswood and last year’s champions, Castletown contest the senior football county final.
In many ways, this is the day of days for Wexford football as Horeswood are the champions of two years ago.
Since their emergence as a football power in Wexford over the last decade, Horeswood based near Campile in the south of the county, have never been that far away from glory.
Buoyed by former Wexford star, Leigh O’Brien who is still playing for the club they have won three county championships in the last ten years.
Since then, other players have emerged to also be stars with Wexford including Ciaran Deely who captained Wexford a few years ago and Tommy Howlin, a star midfielder for Horeswood.
However, the undoubted star of this Horeswood side remains pacy forward, PJ Banville whose four points in the semi-final victory over Fethard were crucial. Another forward who Castletown will need to keep a close eye on is David Shannon who scored 1-2 in that semi-final.
Of course Castletown, as the holders will not be short on confidence coming into this final. So far, they have been very convincing in the defence of their title and never more so than in their semi-final win over Sarsfields when they were victorious on a 1-10 to 1-7 scoreline.
In that game, Castletown were thankful for a tremendous performance from Wexford goalkeeper, Anthony Masterson who plays in the forwards for his club.
Masterson scored a superb first half goal which turned out to be the difference between the teams. How Masterson and fellow county player, Colm Morris link up on Sunday could be the winning and losing of this game.
Although Castletown are the champions, I feel that in Banvile, Deely and Shannon, Horeswood probably have more aces in their pack.