Sunday 18 August 2019

Martin's move closer to minor semi-final spot

Under-age GAA

St Martin's won the big game in the Wexford People Coiste na nOg Minor football Premier championship during the week as they eased past Shelmaliers to close in on a semi-final spot.

The Piercestown/Murrintown side led their District rivals by just a point going into the game, but the 4-13 to 0-5 win puts them three points ahead of fifth-placed Shels with just two matches to go in the group stages.

Elsewhere, Abban O'Rahilly's are the only side guaranteed a spot in the last four after their victory over Rathgarogue-Cushinstown, but Glynn-Barntown and Taghmon-Camross are also primed to make the semi-finals.

Things are a lot muddier in Roinn 1A where last week's results mean that seven of the eight teams are still alive in the battle for a quarter-final spot.

Monageer-Boolavogue and HWH-Bunclody are flying with Cuchulainns, Shamrocks, Duffry Rovers, Blackwater and Starlights all vying for a knockout spot.

In Roinn 1B, Ballyhogue cemented their spot in the final eight with victory over Dunbrody Gaels. Neighbours Oylegate-Glenbrien and Crossabeg-Ballymurn are likely to follow with the battle wide open between the remaining five for the final place.

Geraldine O'Hanrahans scored a rather unusual 4-1 to 1-8 victory in Roinn 2A over Our Lady's Island/St Fintan's to stay on top of their table, while Macamore Gaels continue to set the pace after their come-from-behind victory over Ferns St. Aidan's in Roinn 2B.

St. Martin's still look unstoppable in the Enniscorthy Guardian Coiste na nOg Juvenile hurling Premier A hampionship after victory over Glynn-Barntown left them six points clear of their nearest rivals, Naomh Eanna and Faythe Harriers.

Meanwhile, in Premier B, Rapparees picked up their first win of the season over Bann Gaels on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-7.

Oulart-The Ballagh had a hard-fought win over Shamrocks to move up the table in Roinn 1A, and they are alongside Liam Mellows who beat local rivals Ballynastragh.

It wasn't such a good week for Rathnure, who lost to Ferns St. Aidan's.

A few back games are affecting the standings in Roinn 1B but that's not hampering Rathgarogue-Cushinstown who are flying towards the knockout stages.

The Ballinaboola boys won the table-topping clash against St. Anne's last week but the Wexford District side are still looking good for a last eight spot.

HWH-Bunclody's win over Monageer-Boolavogue (see above) in Roinn 2A means they will head into the knockout stages while Cloughbawn and Wygram Gaels are in prime position to follow them after wins.

In Roinn 2B, Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's edged Ballyhogue in the clash at the top.

Ballinastragh Gaels and Castletown lock horns this week with both battling for top spot in the New Ross Standard Coiste na nOg Under-14 football championship Division 1 table.

The Gaels remained unbeaten after seeing off St. Martin's last week while Castletown fell to Naomh Eanna.

In Division 2 Gusserane had a good win over Crossabeg-Ballymurn but St. James' lost ground after falling to Sarsfields.

Elsewhere, an impressive HWH-Bunclody outfit won their seventh game in a row in Division 3, this time against Taghmon-Camross.

St. Mary's (Maudlintown) went back to the top of the Division 4 table with a 3-10 to 2-2 victory over St. Patrick's, while in Division 5 Oylegate-Glenbrien and Fethard remain perfect ahead of their clash in the final group game this week.

Wexford People

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