Dublin Minor Hurling manager Mike Connolly has steered the reigning Leinster Champions to the last four

Mike Connolly
Dublin Minor Hurling Manager Mike Connolly (DUBSTV)

Dublin v Wexford
Saturday, June 15th. 12:30pm
Parnell Park, Dublin

Nothing like home advantage to steady the nerves in a big championship game. And that’s what Mike Connolly will be hoping is the case this Saturday afternoon. Dublin welcome Wexford for the Leinster Minor Hurling Semi Final.

The pressure will be on as reigning champions, but so far Dublin have put in some big performances to reach this stage of the competition.

This will be the second time these sides have met in the competition. Back on May 11th the sides played out a thrilling 2-17 to 3-14 tied game in Bellefield.

At 3-14 to 1-14 with 10 minutes to play Dublin were in the box seat. But Wexford pulled off a superb attacking comeback to draw the game. And Connolly knows just how tough this weekend’s encounter will be.

“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.” He told Official Dublin GAA this week.”

Dublin register a loss, a win and a draw in the rounds

After starting off the campaign with a painful one point loss to Kilkenny in Nowlan Park, the Dubs bounced back in Round 2 to comfortably see off the challenge of Offaly by 1-23 to 1-10. And a draw against Wexford was enough to see them advance automatically to the Semi Finals, with Wexford needing to complete a Quarter Final to reach this Saturday’s last four clash.

Last weekend they faced and beat Laois on a 4-17 to 1-16 scoreline to secure that spot, setting up this huge tie.

“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” Connolly continued.

“In fairness, every game in the group was close enough and I wouldn’t expect anything different”.

Coming into the game, the Dublin manager has no selection headaches and is looking for a big performance to advance and defend their crown against Kildare or Kilkenny, who play their last four clash at St. Conleths Park in Newbridge on the same day.

“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”.

Dublin’s Path To The Semi Final

Round 1: Kilkenny 0-15 Dublin 2-08
Round 2: Dublin 1-23 Offaly 1-10
Round 3: Wexford 2-17 Dublin 3-14

Wexford’s Path To The Semi Final

Round 1: Offaly 2-11 Wexford 3-11
Round 2: Wexford 2-15 Kilkenny 3-13
Round 3: Wexford 2-17 Dublin 3-14

Quarter Final: Laois 1-16 Wexford 4-17