Friday 23 August 2019

Oylegate-Glenbrien move back to Minor summit

After a titanic struggle in the Wexford People Coiste na nOg Minor hurling Premier championship, St. Martin's and Rathnure shared the spoils in Piercestown on Wednesday.

The 3-13 apiece draw meant both stay in prime position for a semi-final spot, but it allowed Oylegate-Glenbrien to steal a march on them.

The lads in blue bounced back from their first loss of the season against the Blackstairs boys last week with a victory over Faythe Harriers to move back to the summit with two games remaining. Elsewhere, there were wins for Taghmon-Camross and Glynn-Barntown.

The big clash in Roinn 1A saw Macamore Gaels edge out Blackwater to remain perfect after five games. Oulart-The Ballagh are hot on their heels while it looks like a battle between Monageer-Boolavogue, Blackwater, Duffry Rovers and Ferns St. Aidan's for the last two quarter-final spots.

Over in Roinn 1B, Abban O'Rahilly's are still flying high after their fifth win in a row. The race for the other three final eight spots is set to be between Fethard, Cloughbawn, Rathgarogue-Cushinstown and Crossabeg-Ballymurn.

St. Anne's put in a quality performance against Na Fianna to join Ballyhogue at the top of Roinn 2A, while Cuchulainns picked up their first win of the year in Roinn 2B, 1-16 to 2-6 against St. Patrick's.

St. Martin's continued to motor in the Enniscorthy Guardian Coiste na nOg Juvenile hurling championship with a 1-9 to 1-7 success against Naomh Eanna in Páirc Uí Shíocháin last week.

Rathnure overcame yet another challenge thrown in their path, this time seeing off Liam Mellows by 3-8 to 2-8. Despite the loss the Gorey District side stay in the knockout spots, with Oulart-The Ballagh and Shamrocks, who both won their games, also in the top four.

Meanwhile, Rathgarogue-Cushinstown stay in contention in Roinn 1B, despite not playing last week, and they are close to securing their spot in the quarters. Yet it's St. Anne's who are now top of the tree after their win away to Crossabeg-Ballymurn (see opposite).

HWH-Bunclody are another side who have racked up a quintet of victories, their latest coming last week against Glynn-Barntown (1-14 to 1-6) to stay top of Roinn 2A 15-a-side. Wygram Gaels and Cloughbawn also both won to stay second and third respectively.

Leading the way in Roinn 2B 13-a-side are Ballyhogue who won again last week, 5-4 to 2-6 against Marshalstown-Castledockrell. Our Lady's Island also claimed an important two points against Davidstown-Courtnacuddy.

St. Martin's had a solid victory over Naomh Eanna in Division 1 of the New Ross Standard Under-14 hurling championship to move up the table. In Division 2 the trio of Craanford, Liam Mellows and Rathgarogue-Cushinstown are threatening to break away from the chasers.

Blackwater and HWH-Bunclody are still out in front in Division 3 while Buffers Alley and Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's won their respective games to remain in front in Division 4. Finally, in Division 5 there was a great win for Duffry Rovers against Marshalstown in Coolree (see above) on Thursday.

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