Women's hard work is ruined by rainfall
The weather has put paid to a number of sporting fixtures over the past fortnight, and the disappointment was keenly felt by the Wexford Youths Women in particular.
They have been making the most of their standing as reigning league and cup champions, visiting the national schools of the county to promote their club and sport. In the process the grand total of 2,000 free tickets were distributed for Saturday's scheduled last home league game of the year against Galway, while free transport had been laid on for fans from Wexford town.
Unfortunately, the 5.30 p.m. kick-off fell victim to a waterlogged pitch, leading to frustration all round.
The spate of postponements also prompted the women's national league committee to discuss the issue at length and agree to re-schedule a number of fixtures.
Wexford Youths Women will now host Castlebar Celtic in Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday, January 2, at 7.30 p.m., while they will travel to Buckley Park to play Kilkenny United on Saturday, February 27, at 2 p.m., with all eight league teams due to play re-fixed games on those dates. The February fixtures may be moved to the Friday night with the agreement of both clubs.
Another casualty of the weather on the soccer scene was the inaugural SSE Airtricity Under-17 league final which means that Enniscorthy lad Aaron Dobbs and his Shamrock Rovers colleagues must wait another while before taking on big city rivals St. Patrick's Athletic in the decider.
This new competition was played on a shortened basis this year to ensure it's concluded before Christmas, and that's because it is planned to play an extended version, along with its Under-19 equivalent, parallel with the Premier and First Divisions in 2016.
Dobbs has been the leading scorer for his Tallaght-based club en route to the decider, and among the players he encountered along the way were Waterford United's Eoin Porter who is also well known for his G.A.A. exploits with Rathgarogue-Cushinstown and Good Counsel College (New Ross).
Meanwhile, Porter's former school colleague, Thomas O'Connor, has settled in very well at Southampton F.C. after being one of eleven 16-year-olds to join them on a two-year scholarship in July. O'Connor got on the scoresheet for the club in the last minute of their 3-2 Youth Cup exit to Birmingham City during the week.