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It’s going to be very close: Mike Connolly

It’s going to be very close: Mike Connolly

Tue, 11th June 2019

Dublin minor hurlers face Wexford this Saturday in Parnell Park (12.30) hoping to progress to the Leinster MHC decider.

The other provincial semi-final sees Kildare host Kilkenny in St Conleth's Park, Newbridge (1.0) with both winners progressing to the Leinster MHC final on Saturday, June 29.

Dublin have already encountered the Slaneysiders in this year's championship when the counties drew 3-14 to 2-17 in Bellefield, Enniscorthy in their Tier 1 group match on Saturday, May 11.

The Dubs advanced along with table-toppers Kilkenny direct to the semi-finals while Wexford, whom Dublin edged out for second spot in Tier 1 on scoring difference, were in action last weekend when they defeated Laois (4-17 to 1-16) in their Leinster quarter-final in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.

Since then Dublin have been preparing hard for Saturday's game with manager Mike Connolly anticipating a very close battle.

"We have been able to get some really good work into the lads, playing some decent challenge matches and it's just about getting everyone's mind to go at it again on Saturday.

"I would imagine that it's going to be very close between the two teams on Saturday and we are really looking forward to getting out there and performing on the day.

"In fairness, every game in the group was close enough and I wouldn't expect anything different.

"We have a clean bill of health in terms of injuries and training has gone very well for us but it's all about producing on the day and hopefully we manage that on Saturday," said Mike.


2019 LEINSTER MHC: Results

TIER 1: Kilkenny, Dublin, Wexford, Offaly

TIER 2: Laois, Kildare, Antrim, Westmeath

TIER 3: Carlow, Meath, Down


Round 1

Saturday, April 27: Offaly 2-11 Wexford 3-11, O'Connor Park, Tullamore; Kilkenny 0-15 Dublin 2-8, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny

Round 2

Saturday, May 4: Dublin 1-23 Offaly 1-10, Parnell Park; Wexford 2-15 Kilkenny 3-13, Bellefield, Enniscorthy

Round 3

Saturday, May 11: Wexford 2-17 Dublin 3-14, Bellefield, Enniscorthy; Kilkenny 5-29 Offaly 1-9, Nowlan Park

1Kilkenny 330081476
2DUBLIN 311163513
3Wexford 311164623
4Offaly 303042900

Round 1

Saturday, April 27: Antrim 0-7 Kildare 2-19, Abbotstown; Laois 2-21 Westmeath 0-7, O'Moore Park, Portlaoise

Round 2

Saturday, May 4: Westmeath 2-8 Antrim 2-23, Abbotstown; Kildare 2-10 Laois 1-14, St Conleth's Park, Newbridge

Round 3

Saturday, May 11: Westmeath 2-10 Kildare 1-19, TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar; Laois 6-13 Antrim 0-14, Lawless Memorial Park, Fingallians, Swords

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Round 1

Saturday, April 27: Carlow 3-17 Meath 1-3, Carlow IT; Down bye

Round 2

Saturday, May 4: Meath 2-28 Down 2-6, Abbotstown; Carlow bye

Round 3

Saturday, May 11: Carlow 6-19 Down 0-5, Lawless Memorial Park, Fingallians, Swords; Meath bye


Round 1

Saturday, May 18: Kildare 7-35 Down 0-5, Abbotstown; Antrim 2-12 Meath 3-17, Clane

Sunday, May 19: Carlow 0-18 Westmeath 0-6, Netwatch Cullen Park

Preliminary quarter-finals

Friday, May 24: Laois 3-30 Westmeath 0-6, O'Moore Park, Porlaoise

Saturday, May 25: Kildare 7-23 Meath 1-7, St Conleth's Park, Newbridge


Saturday, June 8: Laois 1-16 Wexford 4-17, O'Moore Park, Portlaoise; Kildare 1-23 Offaly 1-20 (after extra-time), St Conleth's Park, Newbridge


Saturday, June 15: Dublin v Wexford, Parnell Park (12.30); Kildare v Kilkenny, St Conleth's Park, Newbridge (1.0)


Saturday, June 29

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