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Wexford Name Side For NFL Opener

Ciaran Lyng returns to the Wexford team to face Clare.

Ciaran Lyng returns to the Wexford team to face Clare.

David Power has named his starting fifteen that will face off with Clare in the Banner’s first fixture of the 2015 National Football League campaign.

There are four changes to the team that defeated Wicklow in the O’Byrne Cup on January 11th in what was the Model County’s last game in the competition as a one point defeat to Dublin Institute of Technology prevented their advancement in the competition.

James Breen, captain of the historic Wexford U21 team that claimed the Leinster championship in 2011 slots in at full back with Joey Wadding moving to the wing and Matthew Cody drops to the bench. The experienced Graham Carty is left on the line and he is replaced by former All-Star nominee Adrian Flynn who comes into the team at centre-forward with Cloughbawn’s Colm Kehoe dropping back to the middle of the park.

Two star names return to the Wexford team with both Ben Brosnan and Ciaran Lynch down to the start in the full forward line. Brosnan replaces Paudie Barden while Buffers Alley man Shane Grannell is replaced by the menacing Lyng in what will be Wexford’s most dangerous line in the field.

It is a strong Wexford side and it is expected that Clare boss Colm Collins will name his team before the end of the week with reports suggesting that Podge Collins may miss the tie with a hamstring injury picked up last weekend. Throw in at Miltown Malbay on Sunday is 14:00 with Derek O’Mahoney as the man in the middle.

Wexford Team:
1: Shane Roche (Geraldine O’Hanrahans).
2: Páraic O’Keeffe (St Anne’s).
3: James Breen (Adamstown).
4: Michael Furlong (Adamstown).
5: Joey Wadding (St Fintan’s).
6: Rob Tierney (Glynn-Barntown).
7: Tiernan Rossiter (St Mary’s Rosslare).
8: Paddy Byrne (Kilmor).
9: Colm Kehoe (Cloughbawn).
10: Declan Murphy (Horsewood).
11: Adrian Flynn (Gusserane).
12: Kevin O’Grady (St James’).
13: Dermot Flood (St Mary’s Maudlintown).
14: Ciaran Lyng (St Martin’s).
15: Ben Brosnan (Bannow-Ballymitty).
Substitutes:
16: Luke Rafter (Glynn-Barntown).
17: Brian Malone (Shelmaliers).
18: Simon Donoghue (Shelmaliers).
19: Eoghan Nolan (Shelmaliers).
20: Kevin Day (St Fintan’s).
21: Niall Harney (Bannow-Ballymitty).
22: Graham Carty (St Mary’s Maudlintown).
23: James Holmes (Castletown).
24: Paudie Kelly (St Martin’s).
25: David Larkin (Horsewood).
26: Kevin Rowe (Fethard).

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About Páraic McMahon

A native of Newmarket-on-Fergus, Páraic McMahon is the Chief Sportswriter with The Clare Herald.

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