Friday 24 November 2017

Winning form from Oylegate

Dean Goodison

The Bridge Rovers Under-11 squad
The Bridge Rovers Under-11 squad
Wexford Celtic, who were 6-5 winners over Bridge Rovers in their last Under-11 league game

With just one week to go to the Christmas break, the Wexford and District Schoolboys leagues are an interesting proposition. No club is having it all their own way, while no club is in a hopeless position.

Of the 47 clubs competing from Under-11s all the way up to Under-16s, none who have completed at least ten games boast perfect records.

The most games played by a club without dropping a point is Oylegate's nine between their Under-11s and Under-12s.

Fethard, with only one team in action in the leagues, are the second and final club who boast a one hundred per cent record with five wins for their Under-12s. Such success can only help the club grow further.

Of the 21 clubs who have competed in at least 20 games this season, only three recorded a win ratio of better than 50 per cent. Indeed, two of the clubs putting up sensational results will be a surprise to some.

Ferns, having won 72 per cent of their 25 games, have the best win percentage of all.

North End are a club used to winning and have taken three points in 70 per cent of their matches, while St. Cormac's round out the trio having won two-thirds of their games.

Some clubs haven't had the opportunity to play 20 times yet but they are still blazing a trail. Ballymurn, with a staggering 79 per cent of wins from their 14 games, are out in front, while Bree are also flying at all age groups and enjoy a 71 per cent winning record.

Other notable winning percentages include Curracloe (66 per cent), Fastnet (66 per cent), Kilmore (58 per cent), Enniscorthy Town (53 per cent) and Shelbourne (53 per cent).

Draws are generally not as common in the Schoolboys leagues and a few clubs have been avoiding them all season.

Adamstown have played a stunning 25 games in a variety of age ranges without playing out a tie.

Next in line are North End with 20 games without a stalemate. They are closely followed by both Enniscorthy Town and Shelburne with 19 matches without a tie while Courtown are not far behind.

On the other hand, some clubs have had more than their fair share of ties. Wexford Albion lead the way among teams with at least ten fixtures played with 28 per cent of draws, or nine games ending in deadlock out of 32 games played, by nine teams.

Gorey Celtic are next in line with seven draws from their 33 games while Forth Celtic have been held six times.

Notably, the Murrintown side, with 40 games played, are leading the way with New Ross Celtic in games played so far this season.

On the other end of the scale, Wexford Albion, St. Leonards, Camolin Celtic and Adamstown, with losing percentages of over 50 per cent having played at least 20 games, will all hope to improve on those totals in the second half of the season.

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