Monday 16 September 2019

Abban O'Rahilly's flying high in Premier Minor

Abban O'Rahilly's won the big battle of the unbeaten duo at the top of the Wexford People Minor football Premier championship last week. The Adamstown/Gussarane combo maintained their perfect record with a 0-13 to 1-6 win over Taghmon-Camross to open up a two-point lead at the summit.

Elsewhere St. Martin's solidified their challenge with a hard-fought 2-9 to 3-5 victory over Naomh Eanna to keep their bid for a semi-final spot alive, while Shelmaliers also continued their good form with a 5-10 to 1-9 success against Rathgarogue-Cushinstown.

The race for the quarter-finals of Roinn 1A hotted up last week when the top two, Monageer-Boolavogue and HWH-Bunclody, met. The latter ended the perfect record of Monageer with a 2-9 to 2-5 victory. Cuchulainns and Duffry Rovers also claimed wins in their bids for knockout spots.

Local rivals Crossabeg-Ballymurn and Oylegate-Glenbrien made the most of a loss by fellow contenders Dunbrody Gaels against Fethard to move up the Roinn 1B table. The Ballymurn boys saw off Sarsfields (4-15 to 1-9) while Oylegate eased past Cloughbawn (5-12 to 4-8) to move to three wins from four games.

In Roinn 2A, Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's picked up a solid win over St. John's Gaels, their second of the season. There was also victory for Kilross Gaels against St. Mary's (Maudlintown) in Tagoat.

Craanford lost their first game of their Roinn 2B campaign against the Buffers Alley/Réalt na Mara duo of Macamore Gaels. Ferns St. Aidan's, like the Gaels, also picked up their second win, this time against Kilrush (see above).

St. Martin's lead the way after five games in the Gorey Guardian Juvenile football championship following their 3-10 to 2-7 win over District rivals Sarsfields. Glynn-Barntown and Naomh Eanna picked up victories to remain a point behind.

The tie at the top of Roinn 1A is no more after HWH-Bunclody won but Kilrush slipped up. The former beat Crossabeg-Ballymurn (3-6 to 1-1) to remain perfect but the latter dropped their first points of the season in a 7-14 to 1-5 defeat to Castletown.

Dunbrody Gaels matched leaders Volunteers in Roinn 1B with their win over St. Mary's (Maudlintown).

The Horeswood/St. James' combo have only lost to the Vols so far and dismissed Maudlintown by 4-15 to 3-8 last week. Elsewhere St. Anne's beat Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's to keep in contention for a place in the quarters.

St. John's Gaels beat Glynn-Barntown in Roinn 2A to take their second victory of the season, while Cloughbawn gave Geraldine O'Hanrahans a walkover. In Roinn 2B 13-a-side, Davidstown-Courtnacuddy received a walkover from Clonard but St. Joseph's kept their semi-final hopes alive with a 5-8 to 2-8 win over Marshalstown-Castledockrell.

Finally, Ballinastragh Gaels leap-frogged Castletown in the New Ross Standard Under-14 football Division 1 table with a 3-12 to 1-5 win in a back fixture over Horeswood.

Castletown have a game in hand but these two look the class of the age-group heading into the final two round-robin games.

Wexford People

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