Monday 14 October 2019

Forth Celtic the surprise Under-11 leaders

Dean Goodison

Forth Celtic are the surprise leaders at the top of the Wexford and District Schoolboys Soccer League Under-11 Division 1 table after the early rounds of games.

The Murrintown lads have scored a stunning 21 goals and are yet to concede. Their record is bolstered by the fact that that have also beaten St. Joseph's, who are on nine points too but were unbeaten until the sides met.

Nobody is perfect in Division 1A but New Ross Town have nonetheless made a great start with ten points from a possible twelve. Moyne Rangers are the only side to deny them a victory so far but North End United sit second in the table, having lost the solitary game away to Ross Town last time out.

Blackwater are proving to be the class of Division 2 so far with four wins on the bounce. The table-toppers have scored 22 times and conceded just once on their way to a three-point lead over Courtown Hibs and St. Cormac's. Hibs' only defeat was to Blackwater whereas the Boolavogue boys lost a cracker 6-5 to Rosslare Rangers last time out.

It's been a little different route to the summit for Fastnet Rovers in Division 2A. The Rathangan boys have won all four games with a goal difference of just plus seven. Indeed, their last two games have produced one-goal victories and that level of testing is bound to stand to them as the season goes on. Ferns currently sit second but the top two are yet to meet.

The top two in Division 3 are making an early breakaway. Both Camolin Celtic and Oylegate have perfect records so far, with the former scoring 21 goals and conceding ten in their four games so far. Oylegate might be even more impressive with 27 goals netted and only seven let in. The two meetings between the sides promise to be great games.

New Ross Town 'B' have had a real adventure in their journey to the top of the Division 3A table. Two 4-3 wins, a 6-5 victory and an 8-0 success have seen the Town second string all the way to the top of the table. Curracloe and Adamstown are sitting, ready to pounce, in joint second place after four games.

Gorey Rangers have made a bright start to their 2015-'16 season in Under-13 Division 1 with two wins leaving them on top of the table. The north county lads have seen off Bridge Rovers and St. Leonards so far and are the only team to not drop points. North End have won two of their three games to also sit on six points.

No team has a perfect record in Division 1A where Duncannon lead the way from Gorey Celtic. The top two played each other on week one of the season and drew 3-3 and have been in great form since then.

Duncannon have beaten Enniscorthy Town twice, plus Adamstown, to lead the way from a Celtic side which had wins against Moyne and Wexford Albion.

New Ross Celtic were tested last time out, scraping past All Blacks by the odd goal in five, but it helped them remain perfect in Division 2.

That's because the Ross boys scored 22 goals in their previous three games to lead second-placed Wexford Celtic by five points, with All Blacks slotted right there and still bang in contention.

Also perfect are Bree United in Division 2A. The table-toppers are playing with refreshing freedom and a belief that they will simply score more than their opponents. They've beaten Cloughbawn 8-4, Rosslare Strand 6-4, Newpark 7-2 and Gorey Celtic 'B' 8-3 to lead Corach Ramblers by two points after four games.

North End United lead the way in Under-15 Division 1 with full points from three games, Two of those wins were courtesy of walkovers while a 5-1 win over Forth Celtic last time out got the Hollygrove side on their way.

Gorey are also perfect with back-to-back wins to their name against Wexford Albion and Taghmon.

Looking to complete a double, Rangers 'B' are fighting for the Division 1A crown. However, they have lost one game so far, to leaders Ferns.

The summit dwellers have had a fantastic start to the season and lead the way with twelve points from four games, but they're sure to face a stiff battle from the Gorey boys as the season goes on.

Two wins against Rathnure are the basis for a great start to the Division 2 season for St. Cormac's. The Boolavogue boys have scored 22 goals in four games so far, have conceded two and lead Campile and Wexford Celtic by six points.

Finally, the big game in Division 2A to date saw St. Joseph's face off against Enniscorthy Town. The game was won by the Kilmuckridge side and it's given them a three-point lead at the top of the table.

Town have wins against Enniscorthy United, Corach Ramblers and New Ross Town under their belts but will face a stiff challenge from St. Joseph's as the season goes on.

Wexford People