Monday 23 October 2017

Senior football final spots up for grabs

St. Martin's have already achieved a lot, but there is only one goal on their horizon this week as they prepare for Sunday's Tom Doyle Supplies Senior football championship semi-final game with Castletown at Innovate Wexford Park.

Having secured their Senior hurling semi-final spot last Saturday afternoon, they are now ready to keep their dream of the double very much alive, but in Castletown they are coming up against seasoned campaigners.

St. Martin's young side have made tremendous strides. They have assembled a squad of players that are right now catching the eye in both codes, so Castletown will know they are up for a serious challenge.

The south Wexford side will have Daithí Waters, Stephen Murphy and Jake Firman in their side, three players who missed out on the hurling victory through suspension. It's clear what Waters means to this young side as his experience is invaluable, while in attack they have one of the best forwards in the county in Ciarán Lyng, a potential match-winner.

Castletown, who defeated their opponents in the group stages, will hope to counteract the free-flowing football of their rivals with their own style of direct football. They are superbly marshalled by the experienced Colm Morris, while they also have quality in Danny Gardiner, Anthony Masterson, Brendan Halpin and James Holmes.

Energy will play a huge part in the closing quarter so St. Martin's should qualify for the final.

For the first time Shelmaliers and St. James' will meet in Senior football when the sides clash in the second semi-final.

Shelmaliers will be disappointed at having lost their Senior hurling crown, while St. James' just cannot stop winning, as they are high-flying also in Intermediate 'A' hurling, which will all add to the occasion.

Shelmaliers will carry huge experience into this game with players of the calibre of Eoin Doyle, Brian Malone, Simon Donohoe and Eoghan Nolan.

St. James' return to top flight football has been quite remarkable.

They reached the knockout stages through a one point scoring difference, but then went on to shock reigning champions, St. Anne's, in the quarter-final, a game that highlighted their presence in this grade is not just a token one. With Graeme Molloy, Matthew O'Hanlon, Kevin O'Grady and Robbie Barron inspiring their charge, they will provide a stiff challenge.

Given their consistency and their winning roll, they should edge their way through to a first Senior final.

St. James' have an opportunity to get their weekend off to a winning start when they play St. Martin's in the Junior 'B' final at Innovate Wexford Park on Saturday afternoon.

St. James', a mix of youth and experience, come up against a young and talented St. Martin's in what should be an exciting clash.

Also on the programme is the Enniscorthy Farm Systems Junior football final involving Volunteers and Shamrocks.

It's great to see two town teams contesting the county final. This will be a close affair and could need a replay to separate the sides.

Wexford People

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