Offaly minor team named for hurling championship opener with Wexford
Offaly minor hurling manager Declan Loughnane and his management team of Paddy Guinan, Niall McGrath and Pat Temple have named their team for the Leinster Championship opener against Wexford on Saturday.
With the footballers already notching a win against the yellowbellies this week, Declan will be hoping for a similar result as his young charges line out at Bord na Mona O'Connor Park at 4pm on Saturday, April 27.
Nine different clubs are represented in the starting 15 with seven of those comprising the back seven, including the goalkeeper. Minding the nets will be Birr's Adam Fitzgerald, protected by JJ O'Brien (Shinrone), Kelan Rigney (St. Rynagh's) and Conor Hardiman (Kinnitty) in the fullback line.
Joe Ryan (Crinkle), Luke Egan (Tullamore) and Joe Hoctor (Carrig & Riverstown) line out in the halfback line with Jack Screeney (Kilcormac-Killoughey) and Sam Burke (Durrow) filling the midfield spots.
Luke Wyer (Durrow), Luke Nolan (Birr) and Charlie Mitchell (Kilcormac-Killoughey) line out in the halfback line while the scoring charge will be led by Birr's Niall Lyons, Dan Murray (Kilcormac-Killoughey) and Mark Troy from Durrow in the full-forward line.
Offaly minor hurling team to play Wexford:
Adam Fitzgerald - Birr
JJ O'Brien - Shinrone
Kelan Rigney - St. Rynagh's
Conor Hardiman - Kinnitty
Joe Ryan - Crinkle
Luke Egan - Tullamore
Joe Hoctor - Carrig & Riverstown
Jack Screeney - Kilcormac-Killoughey
Sam Burke - Durrow
Luke Wyer - Durrow
Luke Nolan - Birr
Charlie Mitchell - Kilcormac-Killoughey
Niall Lyons - Birr
Dan Murray - Kilcormac-Killoughey
Mark Troy - Durrow