Saturday 20 January 2018

Fifth Premier for Ferns

The North End United Under-12 girls, winners of the league title
The North End United Under-12 girls, winners of the league title

Ferns United lifted their fifth women's Premier title on Sunday when proving far too strong for closest challengers Benfica and running out 7-0 winners.

A hat-trick from Liz Evered, two goals from Leona Breen and one each from Joanne Barcoe and Rachel Collier saw them wrap up the title in fine style. These two sides meet again next Sunday in the semi-final in the Wexford Cup.

Meanwhile in Newbawn, Adamstown and Curracloe United played out a thrilling scoreless draw which leaves both sides deadlocked at the top of the Division 1 table and requiring a play-off to find a league winner.

Courtown Hibs leapfrogged leaders Cloughbawn in Division 2B when they came out on top 4-3, and while the Clonroche girls still have sufficient games in hand to win the division, it puts an extra bit of pressure on and they will need to win three of their remaining four games to be sure of the title.

All under-age divisions are moving closer and closer to a conclusion as almost all teams are now playing midweek matches in an effort to get the season over as soon as possible.

On Thursday Bree United were presented with their Under-12 Division 3 trophy when they travelled to runners-up Rosslare Strand and won 2-1.

Friday saw Ballindaggin come from 2-0 down to win the Under-10 Premier Division play-off against Curracloe United 3-2 after extra-time. The match was played in St. Joseph's and this win for the Ballindaggin girls saw them finally lift this league title after finishing runners-up three times. They also prevented Curracloe United from completing a four-in-a-row.

Cloughbawn are only one win away in both the Under-14 and Under-16 Premier divisions from retaining both league titles, a feat they should achieve in the next couple of weeks.

The two under-age Wexford League squads were on the road on Sunday for Inter-League friendlies as they prepare for the upcoming FAI Inter League competitions in June.

The Under-16 squad travelled to Piltown to take on a very competent Waterford side, and the Wexford management team were very pleased with the performance despite going down 2-0. Manager Mick Bennett stated 'it was a strong overall team performance and we learned quite a lot from the game and the players all acquitted themselves well'.

The Under-14 squad travelled to Tramore and despite going 1-0 down early in the game, they bounced back to win 3-1 with Kira Bates-Crosbie (two) and Eadaoin Kent both on target. Manager Barry Dempsey was happy with his team's performance.

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