Friday 19 January 2018

A fascinating Minor decider in store in Taghmon

Coiste round-up

Taghmon is the venue on Saturday morning (12.30pm throw-in) for the Wexford People Coiste na nÓg Premier Minor Hurling final between 2015 champions St Martin's and challengers Mogue O'Rahillys (Fethard and Gusserane).

It's a fascinating decider in many ways, St Martin's recent conveyor belt of talent is looking to add more silverware to a cabinet that's not exactly bare. Meanwhile, the New Ross District side are not even suppose to be here.

Having split the Premier Championship into two sets of four, the A group was theoretically expected to be superior to the B group. However, St Martin's waltzed through their side whereas Mogue O'Rahilly lost one and drew one with Oulart-The Ballagh.

When it came to the knockouts, St Martin's powered through their semi-final with Faythe Harriers and now meet a battle-hardened opponent. The Gusserane/Fethard boys edged a tough battle with Shelmaliers in the quarters before beating Naomh Eanna in the last four.

It means the final is set up to be a fascinating contest. St Martin's will be strong favourites but Mogue O'Rahillys have earned their place in the decider the hard way and should put it up to the Piercestown based club.

The curtain-raiser to the Minor Premier final, the Enniscorthy Guardian Premier Under-16 Hurling Final between Faythe Harriers and Oylegate-Glenbrien should also be a cracking match. That throws-in at 11am and shouldn't be missed.

The finalists only won their last four contests on Saturday morning last. The Wexford Town club beat Bann Gaels to advance while Oylegate edged district rivals Rapparees to make the title decider.

Other games played in Roinn 1 saw Blackwater and Shelmaliers book their semi-finals spots. Ballygarrett and Shamrocks both won through to the last four in the Roinn 1 shield. Kilross Gaels took the Roinn 2 crown while Our Lady's Island/St Fintan's will meet Moguegeen Gaels in the shield decider.

There were games in the Wexford People Minor football championship last midweek too. In the Premier quarters HWH-Bunclody made light work of Dunbrody Gaels, winning 5-19 to 1-8 and they will meet Mogue O'Rahillys in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, St Martin's will face Glynn-Barntown in the other semi, details of the Killurin clubs win over Shelmaliers can be found in this section. The Hollymount boys drop into the shield competition and will face Naomh Eanna in the last four.

In the Roinn 1 quarters, Castle-Craan Gaels beat Oylegate. They will now meet Starlights in the last four after the Enniscorthy Town club beat Volunteers. In the other semi-final Sarsfields, who thumped Ballynastragh, will play Crossabeg-Ballymurn, who edged Shamrocks.

Hollow Rovers, Our Lady's Island/St Fintan's, Rathgarogue-Cushinstown and Macamore Gaels all advanced to the shield semi-finals without playing. In the Roinn 2 shield final St Mary's Maudlintown will meet Cloughbawn after both had convincing last four victories.

St Anne's beat Kilrush in the Roinn 2 semi-final, they await the winners of the re-arranged tie between Ferns and Geraldine O'Hanrahans, their initial clash was abandoned at half-time due to floodlight failure.

Wexford People

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