GAA: Waterford face Wexford in the second round of the All-Ireland SHC qualfiiers

Last Updated: 19/07/14 6:43pm

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Noel Connors returns to the Waterford team for Saturday’s All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Wexford at Nowlan Park.

Connors missed last month’s win over Laois because of an injury picked up in the Munster quarter-final replay loss to Cork, when he aggravated a groin problem sustained during the warm-up.

The Passage clubman is selected at corner-back and is the only change to Derek McGrath’s starting line-up.

Connors’s return frees up Padraig Prendergast, who is switched to midfield, with Shane O’Sullivan named at wing-forward. Jake Dillon moves to corner-forward with Ryan Donnelly reverting to the bench.


Waterford v Wexford
Saturday, 7pm
Live on Sky Sports 3 and 3HD

There had been concerns that Wednesday night’s unexpected defeat by Cork in the Munster U21 semi-final might create some injury difficulties for the seniors but McGrath has been able to name a full-strength selection.

All four seniors who featured on the U21 team – Tadhg de Burca, Colin Dunford, Jake Dillon and Austin Gleeson – came through unscathed.

Wexford, who recorded a thrilling extra-time victory over Clare in last weekend’s first round qualifier replay, have yet to name their starting 15.

Saturday’s game is just the third championship meeting between the south-east neighbours. They first met in 2003 when Wexford won a qualifier tie by 1-20 to 0-18 at Nowlan Park, while Waterford were one-point victors in the 2008 All-Ireland quarter-final in Thurles.

The winners will play Limerick in the last-eight of the All-Ireland on Sunday week.

Waterford: S O'Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; D Fives, K Moran, T de Burca; M Walsh, P Prendergast; S O'Sullivan, P Mahony, A Gleeson; C Dunford, S Walsh, J Dillon.

Wexford: TBC.

Watch Waterford v Wexford live on Sky Sports 3 on Saturday from 7pm

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