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Lee Chin Believes Galway Are Fully Deserving Of Favourites Tag For All-Ireland

Launch Of The 2017 Global Games Development Fund, Iveagh House, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 24/5/2017 Wexford hurler Lee Chin Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Gary Carr

This Sunday, Wexford attempt to end something of a famine when they take on Galway in this year’s Leinster final. Ahead of the game many are tipping Galway, and Lee Chin believes the Tribesmen are the team to beat in this year’s championship.

The Yellowbellies haven’t seen much success over the past two decades. In fact, in this time they have managed just one Leinster title. This came 13 years ago when Wexford overcame Offaly after shocking Kilkenny.

Since then times have been rather dark for Wexford. The sole wave of optimism was a brief window of momentum in 2014. Sadly, this was brought to an abrupt halt with a quarter-final hammering by Limerick.

This year brought something new however, this year brought Davy Fitz. The Clare native has created a buzz in the county that many will have never seen.

Nobody tipped Wexford to achieve anything in 2017. Yet, here we are entering July, Wexford have achieved promotion from 1B and are preparing for a Leinster final. Oh, and they’ve beaten Kilkenny twice already.

This has come as a slight surprise to joint-captain Lee Chin, but he always knew the potential was there. The Wexford man told the Irish Examiner:

“When Davy first came in, one of his first engagements, he set out a lot of stalls for us and we assessed ourselves more than anything as players. And we always thought that we could reach a Leinster final and be competing there in some way.”

“To get promoted in the National League was a big thing for us and beating Kilkenny in the quarter-final, that was great for us and that just kept building confidence and building confidence. And through those kind of victories it makes you believe even more where you can go.”

“At the moment, we are in a Leinster final. It is something we wanted to do and we are here now.”

Allianz Hurling League Divison 1B, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly 12/3/2017 Offaly vs Wexford Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Despite all this, Wexford will once again enter this game as underdogs. In the Tribesmen, they undoubtedly face their toughest task yet.

Galway are currently the bookies favourites to capture Liam MacCarthy, and Lee Chin feels they are fully deserving of this tag.

Chin was full of praise when asked for an opinion on Sunday’s opposition.

“A team like Galway has pretty much everything, They have all the hurlers that can turn up on any day and be as good as any hurler in Ireland. They have pace, they have power, they are a big, physical team, a very big team. They can run the ball, they can play the ball short, they can play it long. They have guys up front who can win their own ball, 50-50 ball. That’s the way I assess Galway at the moment. They are a team that are really in form at the moment and are rightly seen as favourites to win the All-Ireland.”

Sunday’s game is one of the most anticipated of the year and is highly likely to become a thriller. Wexford and Galway takes place this Sunday in Croke Park

Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena


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