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In advance of Sunday’s big clash, Ronan Fagan reflects upon the paths negotiated by Wexford and Kilkenny to this stage

 The six games which the neighbours have played on the way to Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1 semi-final have seen Wexford compile 4-124 (136) and ship 5-112 (127), while Kilkenny have tallied 4-130 (142) and concede 7-113 (134).

 Wexford’s route:

JAN 28th (Walsh Park) – beat Waterford 2-20 to 0-19; FEB 4th (Innovate Wexford Park) – beat Cork 0-21 to 1-14; FEB 17th (Semple Stadium) – lost to Tipperary 3-21 to 1-21; FEB 25th (Innovate Wexford Park) – beat Clare 0-20 to 1-13; MARCH 11th (Nowlan Park) – lost to Kilkenny 0-22 to 0-19; MARCH 24th (Innovate Wexford Park), quarter-final – beat Galway 1-23 to 0-23.

 The following 26 players have competed across the 6 matches (games played in brackets) – Damien Reck, Liam Ryan, Matthew O’Hanlon, Aidan Nolan, Paul Morris, Kevin Foley, Shaun Murphy, Jack O’Connor, Conor McDonald, Diarmuid O’Keeffe, Pádraig Foley, Harry Kehoe, Cathal Dunbar (6 each), Mark Fanning, Lee Chin (5 each), David Dunne, Simon Donohoe, Rory O’Connor (4 each), Conor Firman, Aaron Maddock, Willie Devereux (3 each), Jack Guiney, Eanna Martin (2 each), Eoin Moore, Conor O’Leary, Michael O’Regan (1 each).

 Score-getters for Wexford have been – Lee Chin 0-30 (17fs, 3 ’65s), Rory O’Connor 0-17 (7fs, 2 ’65s), Kevin Foley, Pádraig Foley (8fs) 0-14 each, Conor McDonald 1-7, David Dunne 2-3, Paul Morris 0-8 (4fs), Aidan Nolan 1-4 (1-0 pen.), Mark Fanning (7fs), Diarmuid O’Keeffe 0-7 each, Jack O’Connor 0-4, Cathal Dunbar 0-3, Jack Guiney (1f), Harry Kehoe 0-2 each, Shaun Murphy, Liam Ryan 0-1 each.


Kilkenny results:

JAN 27th (Pairc Uí Chaoimh) – lost to Cork 1-24 to 0-24; FEB 4th (Nowlan Park) – lost to Clare 2-18 to 1-18; FEB 18th (Walsh Park) – beat Waterford 1-20 to 1-12; FEB 25th (Nowlan Park) – beat Tipperary 2-22 to 2-21; MARCH 11th (Nowlan Park) – beat Wexford 0-22 to 0-19; MARCH 19th (Tullamore) quarter-final – beat Offaly 0-24 to 1-19.

 Brian Cody has used 30 players so far in the 6 outings (games played in brackets) – Joey Holden, Paddy Deegan, Cillian Buckley, Walter Walsh, James Maher, Liam Blanchfield, Enda Morrissey (6 each), Martin Keoghan, Pat Lyng, Pádraig Walsh, Alan Murphy, TJ Reid, John Donnelly, Richie Leahy (5 each), Conor O’Shea, Richie Reid, Lester Ryan, Luke Scanlon (4 each), Eoin Murphy, Ollie Walsh, Conor Delaney, Darren Brennan (3 each), Joe Lyng, Conor Martin, Conor Browne, Ger Aylward (2 each), Conor Fogarty, Robert Lennon, Billy Sheehan, Billy Ryan (1 each).

 Finding the target have been – TJ Reid 1-51 (37fs, 5 ’65s), Alan Murphy 0-16 (11fs, 2 ’65s), Walter Walsh 1-11, Martin Keoghan 0-8, Richie Leahy, James Maher 0-7 each, John Donnelly 0-5, Luke Scanlon 1-1, Eoin Murphy (4fs), Richie Reid, Cillian Buckley 0-4 each, Billy Sheehan 1-0, Pat Lyng, Liam Blanchfield 0-3 each, Ger Aylward 0-2, Pádraig Walsh, Conor Fogarty, Conor Martin, Conor Browne 0-1 each.


Wexford v Waterford 1


Wexford V Cork 5


Wex v Tipp


Wexford V Clare 4


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