Friday 20 July 2018

Shamrock Rovers secure first league title of 2017

Shamrock Rovers became the first champions in the Wexford and District Schoolboys Soccer League, despite not kicking a ball in anger over the weekend.

Adamstown's loss to Glynn Barntown in Under-14 Division 2A means the Enniscorthy club can no longer be caught at the summit. Had Adamstown won, it's unlikely they could have halted the Rovers drive to the title. The green and white hoops have won all eight of their matches to date, scoring 25 goals and conceding just four in the process.

They play Kilmore in the cup second round, and hopes will be high of making a run at the double should they overcome their Division 2A rivals.

Gorey Rangers maintained their perfect record in Division 1 with their seventh win. North End also triumphed, meaning the destination of the title will come down to their two meetings in the coming months. Duncannon moved off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 victory at home to Forth Celtic.

The top three in Division 1A - St. Joseph's, Enniscorthy Town and Wexford Celtic - all won. Those results mean that the Kilmuckridge side will clinch the title if they avoid defeat next time out.

New Ross Celtic lost their perfect record after a 2-2 home draw with Corach Ramblers. However, rivals New Ross Town lost 6-2 against Rosslare Strand, meaning Celtic will take the Division 2 title with a win in their next game.

Wexford Celtic's victory in Division 3 wasn't enough to keep them in the hunt for the title. That will come down to the final game between Newpark and Ballymurn Celtic, with the winner taking the spoils.

Gorey Rangers were the only winners in Under-12 Division 1 at the weekend. They have played just three games but they have won them all and are looking a solid bet to take the crown.

The big game in Division 1A saw North End beat Gorey Celtic 2-0. The result means New Ross Celtic, victorious over Duncannon, move four points clear at the summit.

A draw between the top two, Glynn Barntown and Oylegate, allowed winners Fastnet and Shamrock Rovers to close the gap in Division 2.

Meanwhile, in Division 2A Bunclody and Ballymurn Celtic are now stalking leaders Corach Ramblers after picking up full points on Saturday.

The race for the Division 3A title is officially down to the two Gorey clubs. Celtic and Rangers both won at the weekend and with two games left the Ramstown side hold a slim two-point advantage.

In Division 4 Kilmore maintained their eleven-point lead over Rathnure after both sides emerged unscathed from clashes with St. Leonards and Forth Celtic C.

The only game in Under-16 Division 1 saw Ferns beat North End to move nine points clear at the top. In Division 2, despite a solid win from Gorey Rangers B, Campile are just one win from the title after beating St. Cormac's for their eighth victory of the season.

Cloughbawn stayed in touch with New Ross Celtic in Division 3 with five games to go after both picked up victories on Saturday. The status quo also remains in Division 4 where the top three of Gorey Celtic, Bridge Rovers and Wexford Celtic all took full points.

Wexford People