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Tuesday 17 September 2019

North End to clash with Youths in dream derby

Adam Beary, who has earned a call-up to the Irish Junior International squad, tracks a Pike Rovers opponent during North End United's 2-1 win over the Limerick side on Sunday
Adam Beary, who has earned a call-up to the Irish Junior International squad, tracks a Pike Rovers opponent during North End United's 2-1 win over the Limerick side on Sunday

The Leinster Senior Cup fourth round draw has produced one of the most attractive fixtures in the history of Wexford soccer.

High-flying North End United from the local Junior league have been drawn against their neighbours from out the road, Airtricity League Division 1 side, Wexford Youths.

With home advantage it's a chance for North End to bring Junior soccer in the county to another level. Enniscorthy town side, Shamrock Rovers, had a hugely-successful run last season, but given the exploits of North End in the Leinster Junior Cup and F.A.I. Junior Cup, having qualified for the final 16, much more will be expected of the Wexford team.

North End will have the fillip of a very successful season so far, both domestically and in provincial and national cup competitions, while Wexford Youths have just returned to pre-season training in preparation for the opening round of their league in March.

From a dominant force on the domestic front, North End have dragged themselves up as a leading Junior side, with their 2-1 victory over highly-rated Pike Rovers on Sunday last one of their finest since the club's inception.

Not forgetting that North End include many players who have tasted Senior football with Wexford Youths, so that will add further spice to the occasion. Already it is one of the most talked about fixtures for some time and is sure to attract a huge crowd to the Belvedere venue.

As North End continue their exploits, the domestic league games have been taking a back seat, but this will matter for little once the showdown with Wexford Youths presents itself.

No date has yet been fixed for the game but it is expected to take place over the next three weeks.

Wexford People