Fennell expecting another big effort from Wexford
THE LANDSCAPE leading into Sunday’s Leinster semi-final between Dublin and Wexford could be very different.
When the sides met in last year’s provincial final Dublin just proved they can survive when Bernard Brogan has a shocker. Brogan kicked 0-3 that day but missed 11 other opportunities.
Another statistic: Dublin got the ball into the scoring area 45 times, getting no reward on 33 occasions, in the 2-12 to 1-12 victory.
“If anything we robbed the game on them that day and it was just that one mistake [by Wexford goalkeeper Anthony Masterson], and we probably had a bit of luck on our side that day,” said midfielder Eamonn Fennell.
“It depends who has luck on their side on Sunday and we really have to be really tuned in, ready, expecting a tough game.”
Wexford’s Aindreas Doyle and captain David Murphy are both expected to recover from recent injuries to feature in the repeat fixture at Croke Park, a venue Doyle believes gives Dublin an unfair advantage.
Doyle is happy that team captain Murphy will be back in action at headquarters on Sunday.
“David is grand, he had an infection in his leg so he was in hospital for the first Longford game, he was out for the second game and was there or thereabouts,” said Doyle. “But he’s perfect now.
“Last year Dublin played 14 games, and played 11 of them here, between the league and the championship. It would be unheard of in any other sport.
“If Kerry played 11 of their 14 games down in Killarney we’d be seeing Kerry win the All-Ireland maybe every year. It has to be an advantage.
“Obviously there are huge monetary conditions with it as well. The GAA are making massive money when Dublin are playing here.
“It is not for us to decide where Dublin play but it has to be an advantage for them; there is no point saying it is not,” added the Wexford defender.