Joseph’s through to first final

By Dean Goodison

Published 09/08/2016 | 17:14


ST. JOSEPH’S have qualified for their first Cosite na nÓg final since the club was re-formed after beating Réalt na Mara by 1-10 to 0-3 in the Gorey Guardian Juvenile football championship semi-final last week.

In the title decider they will meet a Ferns St. Aidan’s side which overcame Kilross Gaels by 6-11 to 4-5 in the other semi-final clash last week. That game is provisionally scheduled for Monday, August 29, and will be one of the first Coiste finals played this season.

Elsewhere, St. Martin's beat Oylegate-Glenbrien in the Premier quarter-final (see above) and will meet Ballinastragh Gaels in the last four. On the other side of the draw Starlights shocked Naomh Eanna and will meet Glynn-Barntown.

In Roinn 1, Group A, St. Mary's (Maudlintown) and Volunteers won important clashes last week to join Sarsfields and Gusserane in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, HWH-Bunclody, Bann Gaels and Blackwater are all qualified in Group B, where Kilrush, Shamrocks and Shelmaliers will fight it out for the last spot.

A play-off will be required to determine who will join St. Martin's as the second semi-finalist in the Wexford People Minor hurling Premier championship. Shelmaliers, needing to draw, fell to Naomh Eanna by a point last week and they cannot be separated in the table after three wins each from six games.

In Premier B, Mogue O'Rahilly’s are through to the quarters after beating Glynn-Barntown last week. They will be joined by Oulart-The Ballagh, if they can avoid defeat against Rathgarogue-Cushinstown on Thursday.

There’s still a round of fixtures remaining in Roinn 1 where HWH-Bunclody are waltzing into the quarters. Monageer-Boolavogue and Hollow Rovers are in good positions to make the last eight in Group A, while Castle-Craan Gaels, Ferns St. Aidan’s and Rapparees all still have a chance.

Dunbrody Gaels and Blackwater was abandoned in Group B due to an injury, meaning there's a little further to go. Oylegate-Glenbrien and Munna-Abbain are into the quarters but both sides involved in the abandoned game, plus Geraldine O'Hanrahans and Rathnure, are still in the running for the other two spots.

Ballinastragh Gaels will play Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's in the Roinn 2 semi-final after the latter beat Davidstown-Courtnacuddy in the quarters. Cloughbawn, who edged past St. Patrick's, and Kilross Gaels, conquerors of Askamore, will face off in the other last four clash.

Sarsfields must beat Ballinastragh Gaels this week to automatically qualify for the New Ross Standard Under-14 football Division 1 championship semi-finals.

Naomh Eanna are already there but St. Martin's are in limbo, waiting to see if they will drop into the quarters. Shelmaliers and Glynn-Barntown have long-since qualified for the knockouts from Division 1B.

St. James', Gusserane and Crossabeg-Ballymurn are all assured of a semi-final place in Division 2, and Horeswood, HWH-Bunclody and Castletown are all hoping to join them. Ferns St. Aidan’s and Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's are the only clubs assured of a semi-final spot in Division 3.

The line-up in the eight-team Divison 4 is complete. Oylegate-Glenbrien face unbeaten Ballyhogue in the semi-final while Bannow-Ballymitty meet Adamstown.

Finally, in Division 5 13-a-side St. Patrick's, Cloughbawn, Clongeen and St. Joseph's are all into the last four.

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