Wednesday 24 January 2018

Rangers complete double

Wexford and District schoolgirls league at, St. Joseph's grounds, under 14 cup final, Tombrack v Cloughbawn, Brid Madigan, Cloughbawn and Amy Tobin Cosgrove, Tombrack.
Wexford and District schoolgirls league at, St. Joseph's grounds, under 14 cup final, Tombrack v Cloughbawn, Brid Madigan, Cloughbawn and Amy Tobin Cosgrove, Tombrack.

ROSSLARE RANGERS rounded off an excellent week when they wrapped up the Under-10 Division 1 title on Saturday with a 2-1 win over close rivals New Ross Celtic.

The previous Saturday Rangers had lifted the cup with an extra-time 1-0 win over Curracloe United.

Then midweek they travelled to Gorey Rangers in the semi-final of the league and came away 3-0 winners to set up a final meeting with New Ross Celtic.

In a thrilling final, both sides showed they have a great future ahead with very little between them. Aoife Kielthy was on target for Celtic, with Orna Power and Bobbi Culleton scoring for Rangers.

Under-14 Division 1 seems to be heading for a play-off as two of the main contenders recorded wins on Wednesday. Gorey Rangers hosted North End and put in one of their better performances to move within three points of leaders Campile United with a game in hand.

A Ciara Hammett hat-trick and a goal from Rosie McGuckin saw Rangers run out 4-0 winners.

Down the road, Campile were in a nine-goal thriller with Courtown Hibs and five goals from Aideen Kent saw them eventually leave with the three points on a 5-4 scoreline. Ella Maree (two), Lara Walshe and Carragh Clarke were all on target for Hibs who are definitely a team to watch in this division for next season.

Gorey Rangers have now one game left at home to New Ross Town on Wednesday and if they win that, themselves and Campile will go to a play-off for one of the closest divisions in the history of the Schoolgirls League.

Wexford Celtic clinched runners up spot in Under-16 Division 2 when they played off with Gorey Rangers 'B' in St. Joseph's on Friday.

A very close game saw Celtic run out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Kate Redmond-Browne and an own goal.

Next weekend will see the Wexford Schoolgirls League Under-14 squad travel to University of Limerick to take part in the inter-league Gaynor Cup.

Wexford have a decent record in this competition at this level as they have won the Gaynor Plate twice in the last three years, but manager Barry Dempsey is confident that this year he has a squad capable of lifting the Gaynor Cup itself.

Wexford kick off their campaign on Saturday at 10 a.m. when they take on Limerick Desmond League and this will be followed by a difficult game against Galway that afternoon at 3 p.m.

Sunday will see them complete their group fixtures when they take on North Tipperary at 10 a.m., and at that stage they should know where they finish in the group, needing a top place finish to qualify for the semi-final of the Gaynor Cup itself.

These competitions are never easy and a point dropped at the start can prove costly, so it is vital to have the team prepared and focused for all fixtures. No doubt Dempsey and his management team will have all the players primed and ready to go.

All in Wexford wish them the best of luck and keep an eye on the Wexford Women's League Facebook page for up to date results.

Squad: Caoimhe Byrne (Gorey Rangers), Rachel Murphy (Bunclody A.F.C.), Lara Walsh (Courtown Hibs), Tara Doyle (Cloughbawn A.F.C.), Zoe Rossiter (New Ross Town), Hollie Sinnott (North End United), Niamh Taylor-Hughes (Gorey Rangers), Emma Clarke (Cloughbawn A.F.C.), Faye Larkin (Ballindaggin), Fiona Ryan (St. Leonards), Kira Bates-Crosbie (Kilmore United), Sarah Siggins (Wexford Celtic), Eadaoin Kent (Campile United), Shannon McGovern (Tombrack United), Laura Butler (Cloughbawn A.F.C.), Lydia McGrath (Campile United), Ruth Hendrick (Wexford Celtic), Aine Behan (Bunclody A.F.C.), Gemma Corrigan (Curracloe United), Caragh Clarke (Courtown Hibs).

Manager: Barry Dempsey. Assistant manager: Michael Bennett. Coaches: Dave O'Shea and Philip McGrath.


Under-14 Division 1 (7.00): Gorey Rangers v. New Ross Town.


Under-10 Division 2A final: Corach Ramblers v. Adamstown.

Under-10 Division 2B final: Seaview United Blue v. Bridge Rovers.

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