Round-up from the Wexford and District Womens and Schoolgirls League
LAST SATURDAY in Bunclody saw the cream of U-12 Schoolgirls play off for a place in next weekend's Leinster Provincial finals in Coolock. The standard of soccer on display was excellent and showed the level that the underage game is at within the league as all eight teams in action put in some fantastic performances.
Kilmore United were exceptionally impressive as they won all three of their qualifying games without conceding a goal with Cora Miller and Becky Furlong standing out in a very strong overall team performance.
Ballindaggin qualified in second place in Group A behind Kilmore and also looked very strong, especially in defence. Forth Celtic were best in Group B finishing just ahead of a well organised Bridge Rovers side while Shelbourne first team had to go to a play off to qualify over a young Gorey Celtic side.
Shelbourne second string and Tombrack United both missed out on qualification despite fielding very young sides. The five Wexford sides will now travel to Coolock on Saturday where they will compete with the best from Dublin, Kilkenny, Longford and Drogheda to be one of four teams to qualify for the National finals a week later. We wish all five sides the best of luck in their quest
LEAGUE KICK OFF
Next Sunday sees the Wexford and District Women's League kick off with 36 teams competing in five divisions in what promises to be a very competitive season. Bunclody are the biggest casualties at adult level as they withdraw their team after 18 years in the league.
It is disappointing to see a club of the calibre of Bunclody fall by the wayside but all is not doom and gloom for them as they have entered at U-18 level so it should not be too long before they are back in the Womens league again.
Tramore have been promoted to replace them and join last seasons Division One champions Seaview United and runners-up St Cormacs as newcomers to the top flight. With Benfica, Curracloe United and Adamstown all likely to lose players to the newly formed National League side so a very interesting Premier division is in store with all eight teams capable of launching a challenge for the title.
Division One is almost unrecognisable from last season with three teams promoted, one relegated, one demoted and Slaney Rovers moving to the Carlow League, only two teams from last seasons division remain. Enniscorthy Town and Shelbourne meet in the first game of the season and these two are likely to be main contenders with Coolgreany Celtic also likely to be in the shake up.
Due to the entry of four new teams, the need arose for a new division at mid league level and sees the formation of Division One B that sees most of the teams from last seasons Division Two A promoted.
The return of New Ross Celtic to womens soccer as well as the formation of teams in Bree, Crossabeg and Camolin will see Divisions Two A and Two B, all with seven teams each. With five divisions and four cup competitions, this promises to be a very busy season and coupled with the arrival of National League soccer at womens level, a record number of players will be on the playing fields on a weekly basis
LEAGUE TRAINING CENTRE TRIALS
The second set of trials for this seasons League Training Centres take place next weekend in St Josephs AFC, Kilmuckridge with Under Fourteens and Eighteens coming in for trials on Saturday with the Under Twelves and Sixteens being looked at on Sunday. On Saturday afternoon, the Under Fourteens are to be in for registration at 3pm with trials beginning thirty minutes later at 3-30pm.
Players born in 1998 and 99 are eligible for this age group and the ultimate aim of these players will be to get selected for the squad to participate in next years Gaynor Cup. On Saturday afternoon, the Under Eighteen players will be in for trials with registration at 4-30pm and trials at 5pm til 6-30pm and players born in 1994 and 1995 are eligible for this section. On Sunday at 3pm, players born between 2000 and 2001 will come in for registration at 3pm in the Under Twelve section with trials taking place between 3-30pm and 5pm.
The final section of players for trials will be the Under Sixteens who will attend at 4-30pm for registration on Sunday with trials at 5pm. All players interested are to attend at the allocated days and times and if anyone requires further infrmation they should contact Training Centre Director Barry Dempsey on 086 8092020.