Saturday 17 August 2019

Pairings for knockout stages starting to emerge

Wins for Glynn-Barntown and St. Martin's in the Gorey Guardian Juvenile football Premier championship last week mean both have secured their place in the semi-finals.

The top four in the table will contest the championship section, with Starlights, Naomh Eanna, Sarsfields and Mogue O'Rahilly's battling it out for the two remaining spots. The bottom four will go into the shield.

The battle in Roinn 1 is for quarter-final spots. HWH-Bunclody are assured of their place on top of 1A and they will play the fourth qualifier in 1B. That team will be one of Ballyhogue, St. Anne's or St. Mary's (Maudlintown) who are in a three-way battle for two places. Volunteers will top the table in 1B and Dunbrody Gaels are also through.

Back in 1A things are a lot tighter with Kilrush, Blackwater, Oylegate-Glenbrien, Castletown, Réalt na Mara and even Duffry Rovers still in with a chance to make the final eight with one round still to play last night (Monday).

Things are a little more tricky in Roinn 2 where the top three in the 15-a-side group qualify with the top side in 13-a-side for the championship semi-final. There is quite a long way to go in 2A where seven teams are still in with a shot. However, 2B will be decided this week when Davidstown-Courthnacuddy and St. Joseph's meet. The remaining teams go into the shield competition.

Only the semi-final pairings remain to be decided in the Wexford People Minor football Premier championship where the top four of Abban O'Rahilly's, Glynn-Barntown, Taghmon-Camross and St. Martin's are all already qualified with a game to go. Top will play fourth, second against third in the knockouts. There is no shield in Premier Minor.

Roinn 1A is the most complicated division in the under-age championships where an incredible seven of the eight sides are chasing a knockout spot with one game to go and nobody is assured of their place in the quarters.

It's a lot simpler in Roinn 1B where Ballyhogue, Crossabeg-Ballymurn and Oylegate-Glenbrien are all in quarters with their last game set to dictate their place in the table.

The final spot in the quarters is wide open and looks set to go down to the wire. Those that don't make the championship will go into the shield.

The most complicated championship structure is probably Roinn 2 of the Minor football. However, they are a game further along in their season and several things are clear. There are three play-offs to make the quarter-finals and they are set.

In match one, fourth in 2A, Kilross Gaels, play Kilrush, last in 2B. St. Mary's (Maudlintown), fifth in 2A, play fourth in 2B, Na Fianna, in match two, while St. John's Gaels, last in 2A, face Craanford, third in Roinn 2B, in match three.

Geraldine O'Hanrahans have a home quarter against the winner of match one, Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's a home tie against the victors in match two, and Macamore Gaels host the winners of match three.

The final last eight clash is already determined and sees Ferns face Clonard.

The New Ross Standard Under-14 football championship is far easier to digest. The top four in each division will move into the championship semi-finals, the next four will advance to the shield last four, while any team lower than eighth is eliminated. First plays fourth and second faces third in all divisions.

In Division 1 Castletown beat Ballinastragh in the final round of games to leapfrog their District rivals and top the table. They will play Volunteers in the last four while Gaels will clash with Naomh Eanna for a place in the final.

Starlights, who have won all seven games to date, are assured of first place in Division 2 after beating Shamrocks last week.

They will face fourth place in the table which will be one of Sarsfields, Gusserane or St. James' who are all also into the semi-finals with a game to spare.

HWH-Bunclody are flying in Division 3 and look set to top the table, but there's a big battle in behind for the remaining place with St. Anne's, Réalt na Mara, Ferns and St. Joseph's all with eyes on a place in the semi-finals.

Division 4 has teams with either one or two games left, meaning it's a little unclear who will advance.

What is for sure is that both St. Mary's and Cloughbawn will be in the shake-up. Davidstown-Courtnacuddy and Bannow-Ballymitty will fancy their chances of joining them but St. Patrick's, Adamstown, Ballyhogue and Buffers Alley can't be written off yet.

Finally, in Division 5 13-a-side, Fethard and Oylegate-Glenbrien go into the semi-finals as the top two in the table.

Elsewhere, Clongeen, Duffry Rovers and Geraldine O'Hanrahans finished level on points and with them all claiming one win each in their mini head-to-head, a draw will be needed to decide the placings in the table.

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