Curracloe claim the one big upset in Under-12 Cup
Published 14/01/2017 | 00:00
It was a weekend of few upsets in the Wexford and District Schoolboys Soccer Under-12 Cup, but there was one, and it was huge, in Curracloe on Saturday.
The hosts United, going pretty well in Division 2A in third place, faced a daunting prospect against unbeaten Division 1 side Gorey Rangers.
The home side relished the challenge though, winning 2-1 to book a spot in the second round.
To put the win into perspective, the two teams above Curracloe both lost. Corach Ramblers gave it a good go against Division 2 Glynn Barntown but were edged out by the only goal.
Meanwhile, Adamstown made the long trip to Gorey Celtic but came up a little short.
The only game involving two teams from the same division, Kilmore and Rathnure, arguably produced the best action. Division 4 leaders Kilmore came out on top, but they needed penalties to see off the Blackstairs side.
While Gorey Rangers faltered, other big name sides advanced. New Ross Town 'A' overcame their own 'C' team to make the second round. Forth Celtic dispatched Stoney Rovers while there were also wins for fellow Division 1 sides Moyne Rangers, Bridge Rovers and St. Joseph's.
There were successes for Division 1A teams Wexford Celtic, New Ross Celtic, Courtown Hibs, North End United and All Blacks. Elsewhere there were wins for Shamrock Rovers, Fastnet Rovers, St. Cormac's, Curracloe United 'B' and Forth Celtic 'B'.
The surprise of the Under-14 Cup first round came in Adamstown where the Division 2A side edged Division 1A Enniscorthy Town in a 4-3 thriller. Meanwhile, fellow 2A team Shamrock Rovers eased past All Blacks.
Rovers would have expected to advance against their struggling Division 2 opponents but the manner of victory was, nonetheless, impressive.
Two games matched teams in the same division. As detailed in this section, Division 1 Gorey Celtic were taken all the way to penalties before sneaking past Duncannon.
Meanwhile, St. Joseph's went to Division 1A rivals Bree and came away with an impressive victory.
Apart from the bottom two, no other Division 1 side was in action. It was, however, a good day for a couple of Division 1A teams.
Wexford Celtic beat Newpark while Bridge Rovers got the better of Moyne. Rosslare Strand, New Ross Celtic, New Ross Town and Kilmore also advanced.
The trip down the road proved fruitful for Rathnure at the weekend as the Division 3 title-chasers got the better of Division 2 hosts Enniscorthy Town.
St. Leonards joined them in the last 16 with a win away to New Ross Town.
Division 1 sides fared well in the opening round of the cup.
Moyne Rangers hosted Camolin Celtic and advanced to a plum meeting with Gorey Rangers with a 2-0 win. Wexford Albion put six past Bree to move into round two also.
North End United will travel to Gorey Celtic in the second round after they blitzed Enniscorthy United at the weekend.
Finally, Ferns also made the last 16 of the competition with a comprehensive victory away to Curracloe United.