Eamonn Scallan has named four debutants in his starting lineup for today’s Allianz League Division 2A clash with Carlow in Netwatch Cullen Park.
With the retirement of Wicklow stalwart Billy Cuddihy a vacancy has arisen for the number 3 jersey and Kiltegan and Stratford/Grangecon’s Michael Mangan gets the nod to be the successor at full back and will be flanked by the hugely experienced Warren Kavanagh and Martin O Brien with Glenealys Cian Staunton fighting of Conor McNally and Bob Fitzgerald in a hotly contested battle for the number one jersey.
The half back line is steady as a rock with the hugely experienced Gary Byrne set to give a few Carlow lads shins a taste of timber with the mercurial skipper John Henderson the anchor at centre back and Carnew Emmets Padraig Doran completing a very strong line.
The engine room is where the biggest change occurs in the side with a serious injection of pace and youth in the form of Eire Ogs young debutant Shaun Cranley who has been starring at club and county level in both codes and alongside him will be another pacy attacking there’s in the form of Kilcooles Luke Evans.
The counties most versatile hurler Danny Staunton will be doing his artistry while based at wing forward alongside Bray Emmets dual star Marc Lennon who makes his senior inter county hurling debut at centre forward with his club mate Eoin McCormack completing a strong line.
Wicklow’s leading talisman from last years campaign Christy Moorehouse will be in his usual corner forward berth with his accurate free taking being a big addition to the team but he also carries a very live goal threat and that’s something that’s very much a theme for the full forward line as his Bray Emmets teammate mane goal poacher supreme Michael Boland lines up in the other corner with the towering colossus that is Eire Ogs Andy Walsh who makes his first Senior Inter County start in at full forward and his ability in the air will be a huge weapon to call upon and offer an alternative attacking option.
The substitutes bench is stacked full of options with notable names of huge experience to call upon if needed and also features some new young faces to the squad such as Avondale’s Torna Mulconry. The extended panel has many new young players and the future of this team looks bright with such a young age profile and exposure to this level of hurling will only be a good thing.