Wednesday 17 January 2018

Bridge Rovers join list of league winners in style

There are just two Divisions undecided in the Wexford and District Schoolboys Soccer Leagues after Bridge Rovers became the 18th different club to pick up a league trophy this season when they claimed the Under-13 Division 2A crown with a 6-0 win over New Ross Town on Saturday.

The Castlebridge boys were pushed all the way by a talented Gorey Celtic side but with twelve wins out of 13 games and one left to play there's no doubting that they are deserving champions. It's their second title in a row after they took the Division 3 crown as Under-12s last year.

There has only been the one blot on their copybook and it came last month against runners-up Celtic. The north county side travelled down the R741 and came away with a 3-1 victory. Other than that result, Rovers have racked up 73 goals in twelve victories and conceded just eleven in those games.

Under-15 Division 3 is going to need a play-off after Campile got the win they needed to tie with St. Joseph's at the top of the table. The Kilmuckridge lads have been sitting pretty at the summit waiting for their rivals to complete their two games in hand.

The 8-0 win in Cloughbawn means they join St. Joseph's on 24 points from twelve games with both sides registering seven wins, three draws and a pair of defeats. In the games between the sides this season, Campile fell 1-0 on their trip north while St. Joseph's grabbed a draw in the return fixture. That play-off is scheduled for Wednesday (tomorrow) in Shamrock Rovers' pitch.

Gorey Rangers travel to Wexford Albion this evening (Tuesday) in a bid to keep their Under-16 Division 1 hopes alive. If the hosts avoid defeat they will claim the trophy but if Rangers can take the spoils they will have the opportunity to force a one-game play-off with a victory over Forth Celtic.

Albion won the other meeting between the sides earlier in the season and will be favourites to win tonight but Gorey Rangers, coming off the ecstasy of a cup win over Forth Celtic at the weekend, are a talented side with the capabilities of causing an upset.

At the time of going to print just 20 fixtures remain to be played, including two cup finals and a play-off, in the six age groups over 27 divisions.

Those cup finals are at Under-13 and Under-15 and are down for decision this week.

On Saturday (1 p.m.) the Under-13 Cup Final between Gorey Rangers and Moyne Rangers will take place at North End's pitch in Belvedere.

Just two points separate the sides in league Division 1 with Gorey currently third and Moyne fourth. The league games between the finalists were both won by the away team.

Then, at 4 p.m. on the same day, North End United and Duncannon go head-to-head in Newbawn Sports Grounds with both looking to add the Under-15 Cup to league titles.

North End won all twelve games on their way to the Division 1 crown while Duncannon were unbeaten on their way to Division 2 glory.

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