Mellows pull off surprise victory
There was plenty of action away from the big final between Naomh Eanna and St. Martin's in the Enniscorthy Guardian Coiste na nOg Juvenile hurling championship last week. The Gorey boys took the Premier trophy but Roinn 1 was only at the quarter-final stage.
Liam Mellows pulled off a surprise victory over Rathgarogue-Cushinstown and they will now play Ferns St. Aidan's in the last four after the Gorey District side beat Dunbrody Gaels. Championship favourites might now be an improving Shelmaliers who beat Rathnure to set up a semi-final date with Mogue O'Rahilly's.
In the shield semi-finals, Ballinastragh Gaels will face Askamore after they dismissed St. Anne's and Adamstown respectively. Meanwhile, Crossabeg-Ballymurn pulled off a huge surprise against Oulart-The Ballagh and will face Geraldine O'Hanrahans in the final four.
In Roinn 2 the semi-finals are also set after the group stages finally finished. HWH-Bunclody will meet 13-a-side group winners Davidstown-Courtnacuddy while Wygram Gaels face Cloughbawn. Finally, in the Premier shield final Blackwater will face off against Oylegate-Glenbrien.
The Wexford People Minor football championship took centre stage on Wednesday with St. Martin's and Abban O'Rahilly's booking their final places. Starlights, who finished fourth in the group, pulled off the big surprise in the Roinn 1 quarters with a one-point win against Ballyhogue.
They will face HWH-Bunclody, who edgedout Crossabeg-Ballymurn, in the last four. Fethard thumped Monageer-Boolavogue and in the other semi they will face Oylegate-Glenbrien, victors over Cuchulainns. In the shield, Sarsfieds will play Shamrocks and Dunbrody Gaels will do battle with Duffry Rovers.
In the Roinn 2 quarters, Geraldine O'Hanrahans beat Kilross Gaels to set up a semi-final showdown with Ferns St. Aidan's, winners against Clonard. Macamore Gaels are also into the final four and they will square off with Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's.
The New Ross Standard Under-14 hurling championship hit the semi-final stage towards the end of last week. Faythe Harriers beat St. Martin's in Division 1 to set up a repeat of the Féile final against Rapparees, winners over Naomh Eanna.
In the shield, Oulart-The Ballagh edged out Glynn-Barntown to move into the final opposite Shelmaliers. Rathgarogue-Cushinstown will face Liam Mellows in the Division 2 final after they overcame Ballinastragh Gaels and Craanford respectively, while Ferns will face Crossabeg-Ballymurn in the shield.
Rathnure won a Division 3 play-off against Wygram Gaels to set up a semi-final with Blackwater, and in the other semi HWH-Bunclody meet St. James'. In Division 4 Buffers Alley and Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's will meet in the title decider while in the shield Ballygarrett face Bannow-Ballymitty.
Finally in the round-up, more Under-12 shield winners were crowned this past week. In the Under-12 Mixed District 'A' final, Ferns St. Aidan's had a big 5-7 to 1-8 victory over Marshalstown-Castledockrell. In the Mixed District hurling 'B' shield final, Ballyhogue saw off Geraldine O'Hanrahans by 2-7 to 2-1.
This week coming also promises a lot with the Gorey Guardian Juvenile football Premier final on tonight (Tuesday). On Thursday Marshalstown-Castledockrell face Duffry Rovers in the Under-14 Division 5B shield final, while the Wexford People Minor hurling Premier semi-finals take place in Taghmon on Saturday morning.