Wednesday 17 January 2018

Draw enough as Rosslare Rangers lads crowned

Rosslare Rangers dropped their first points of the season but the result started their biggest celebration of the campaign as they clinched the Wexford and District Schoolboys Soccer Under-16 Division 2 title on Wednesday.

Bree United, sitting in second place in the table, needed a victory to prevent Rangers taking the title on their home turf and came close to achieving that in a rip-roaring 4-4 draw. For Rosslare, who had won all nine league games up to that point, including a 2-0 home success against Bree, it was their first piece of silverware in their journey through the age groups and a well-deserved success.

Fethard Rangers have been on an even better run of success in Under-11 Division 2A.

They started their first competitive season in the league with eleven straight wins before wrapping up the title with a 2-1 win at third-placed Bunclody at the weekend.

In those twelve games they have scored a massive 61 goals at an average of over five a game and conceded a miserly eight. They will benefit from a step up in division next season but they will expect to repeat their success with such a talented group of players.

In the Under-13 grade Camolin Celtic beat Glynn Barntown 2-0 at the racecourse to take the Division 3 crown on the last day of the season.

It was a winner-takes-all clash and it was the improving Celtic side that edged the contest

The defeat ended a whirlwind 18 hours for the runners-up, having only joined Camolin at the summit on Friday evening with a 4-1 win away to fourth-placed Fastnet Rovers.

For the winners the victory came at the end of a superb season that saw them win ten of their twelve league games.

Elsewhere, Killenagh Wanderers failed to pick up their first piece of silverware in the schoolboys leagues since 2011 when their Under-15s fell to All Blacks in Mayglass on Saturday. A victory would have cemented the trophy but it wasn't to be for the Ballygarrett boys.

Their defeat opens the door for St. Joseph's who beat Cloughbawn to move into first. Only Campile can now challenge the Kilmuckridge lads, but they must win their final two fixtures to force a play-off for the trophy.

It wasn't such good news for the club in Under-11 Cup action as St. Joseph's fell to Glynn Barntown 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out. They will be the first part of an all-Division 2 final after Shamrock Rovers beat Forth Celtic 4-2 in the other last four clash.

In the Under-13 Cup semi-finals, Moyne Rangers were too good for Division 2A high-flyers Bridge Rovers in a 4-0 success. In the decider they will face Gorey Rangers who edged out Corach Ramblers 2-1.

In the Under-15 Cup final, Division 1 leaders North End will play Division 2 champions Duncannon after both won their semi-finals comfortably at the weekend.

In the Under-16 semi-final, Gorey Rangers beat Wexford Albion. Those finals are expected to be arranged this week.

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