Castletown going very well in Under-14 top flight
With the Féile Peil fast approaching it was back to the big ball and the New Ross Standard Under-14 football championship for the clubs of Wexford last week.
It's currently the county's most northerly sides battling it out at the top of Division 1 with Castletown's fourth win in succession, this time against Shelmaliers (12-12 to 0-3), giving them the edge over Ballinastragh Gaels.
The Kilanerin/Tara Rocks combination are a point behind their rivals following a five-point victory over Volunteers, with the duo clear of Horeswood, Naomh Eanna and Shelmaliers in joint-third place.
New Ross District's sole representative in the division drew with their Gorey town rivals (3-4 to 2-7), while in the group's other game Glynn-Barntown and St. Martin's also played out an entertaining stalemate (6-5 each).
The top two will not meet until the final round of fixtures on July 23. This week Castletown entertain the Killuin boys while Ballinastragh make the long journey south to Horeswood.
Starlights have scored 31-43 in their five games so far and are out in front in Division 2 with a perfect record. They notched a solid home win against Sarsfields last week (7-10 to 1-3) to keep their distance over St. James', Gusserane and Blackwater.
All three just behind the leaders picked up wins. Blackwater (6-13 to 6-2) and Gusserane (6-14 to 0-3) had big victories over Crossabeg-Ballymurn and Shamrocks respectively, while in the game of the division St. James' edged Rathgarogue-Cushinstown (5-5 to 3-9).
St. Anne's continued to motor in Division 3 with their fifth win on the bounce, this time a hard-fought victory over Monageer-Boolavogue. However, their unbeaten run is only enough to give them a tie at the summit with HWH-Bunclody, who dismissed St. Mary's (Rosslare) last week.
Elsewhere, Ferns St. Aidan's and Réalt na Mara both moved up the table with wins over Kilrush and Taghmon-Camross respectively. St. Joseph's will hope to keep their fine run going with two games this week against Craanford and Monageer-Boolavogue.
The big game in Division 4 saw Bannow-Ballymitty and Davidstown-Courtnacuddy meet in Grantstown with the winner assured of top spot in the table. The two points went the way of the hosts on a scoreline of 3-9 to 2-3.
St. Mary's (Maudlintown) took advantage of Davidstown-Courtnacuddy's loss and moved up to second with a draw in their game. The Rocks outfit made the short trip south to Kilmore and came away with a creditable 5-6 apiece tie; it was the seasiders second stalemate of the season. Elsewhere, Buffers Alley saw off Ballyhogue in a goal-fest (see opposite).
Finally in Division 5 13-a-side there was a surprise loss for Clongeen against Castletown's second string which broke a three-way tie at the top of the table. The north county side claimed a 2-7 to 2-4 victory, their first of the season to move off the bottom of the table.
There were no such problems for the other two sides with a perfect record, with Fethard blitzing past Marshalstown-Castledockrell (5-10 to 1-7) and Oylegate-Glenbrien beat Clonard (3-10 to 1-8).