Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bumper week in store with no fewer than ten finals down for decision

A bumper week lies ahead in the People Newspapers Coiste na nÓg championships, with ten finals currently scheduled for decision.

Four of those take place midweek, with the big game pitting Starlights against Ballinastragh Gaels in the Gorey Guardian Juvenile football Premier final on Wednesday (7.30 p.m. in St. Patrick's Park).

The Bellefield boys are the surprise of the championship, only qualifying directly for the quarter-finals from Premier B after Castletown lost their final group game to Rathgarogue-Cushinstown. Since then they have beaten Naomh Eanna and Glynn-Barntown in the knockouts to reach the final.

For the Kilanerin/Tara Rocks combination, progress has been a little more serene. They finished top of Premier A, moving them directly into a semi-final with St. Martin's.

The Piercestown and Murrintown side gave them a cracking game, falling by 3-9 to 1-12, and more of the same is expected in Enniscorthy on Wednesday.

On the same evening it's Moguegeen Gaels (Clongeen/Fethard) against Cloughbawn in the Gorey Guardian Juvenile football Roinn 2 shield final (7.45 p.m. in Taghmon).

On Thursday evening Castletown face Oylegate-Glenbrien in the Juvenile football Premier shield final. Both sides played in the Premier B section but have done a fantastic job to reach this stage, after exiting the championship proper.

That game throws in at 7 p.m. in St. Patrick's Park. On the same evening St. Mary's (Rosslare) meet Davidstown-Courtnacuddy in the New Ross Standard Under-14 football Division 4 shield final in Taghmon (6.30 p.m.).

In St. Patrick's Park two days later, another double-header takes place. Craanford meet Rapparees in the New Ross Standard Under-14 hurling Division 2 shield final at 11 a.m. That is followed by the Wexford People Premier Minor hurling shield final between Oulart-The Ballagh and Shelmaliers (12.30 p.m.).

Meanwhile, a little strangely, in Oylegate at 11 a.m., Shelmaliers take on Coillte O'Rahilly's (Horeswood/Gusserane) in the New Ross Standard Under-14 hurling Division 1 shield final. That is followed at 12.30 p.m. by the Under-14 Division 5B shield decider between Marshalstown-Castledockrell and Ballyhogue.

Sunday's two finals are still to be tied down. In the New Ross Standard Under-14 Division 3 hurling decider, St. Anne's will face Crossabeg-Ballymurn.

Also that day, in the Enniscorthy Guardian Juvenile hurling Roinn 2 shield final, Moguegeen Gaels meet Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's.

Action was a bit thin on the ground last week, except in the New Ross Standard Under-14 football championship. There were four finals last week, including the Wexford People Premier Minor hurling championship in Taghmon. All those games are featured in this section.

In the New Ross Standard Under-14 football Division 1 championship semi-finals, Naomh Eanna thumped Shelmaliers by 7-8 to 0-8 to progress to the final.

They will meet a St. Martin's side which shocked Sarsfields by 1-8 to 0-5 in the other last four tie.

In the Division 1 shield semi-final, Glynn-Barntown beat St. Anne's by 4-8 to 2-5, and will face Ballinastragh Gaels in the decider. Starlights beat Castletown in the Division 2 shield semi-final, and they will now play the winners of HWH-Bunclody and Blackwater.

Ballyhogue will face Bannow-Ballymitty in the Division 4 final after both won their last four clashes on Wednesday.

Finally, Ferns St. Aidan's beat Geraldine O'Hanrahans in the re-scheduled Wexford People Minor football Roinn 2 semi-final and will meet St. Anne's in the decider.

Wexford People

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