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Saturday 23 August 2014

Twists and turns likely before victors decided

Published 11/02/2014 | 05:30

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A FEW weeks of limited activity means that most of the Wexford and District Schoolboys Leagues still have half a season remaining with plenty of twists and turns around the corner in the battle for titles from Under-11 all the way up to Under-16.

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Moyne Rangers sit primed for a late-season run in Under-11 Division 1. The Enniscorthy lads lie second but have four wins from four games played, including a victory over current table-toppers Gorey Rangers. The return fixture between the sides will have a big say in the destiny of the title.

In Division 1A, Bridge Rovers lead the way but with three other teams in Duncannon, Caim United and St. Leonards with just one loss each to their names, the championship is anyone's. Division 2 is proving equally competitive with the top four of St. Cormac's, Gorey Celtic, Wexford Celtic and New Ross Town all separated by just two points with four games to go.

Enniscorthy Town, with a five-point lead and a game in hand over nearest rivals Adamstown, are red-hot favourites to claim the Division 2A crown while Blackwater hold a narrow lead in Division 3, but Kilmore and Tombrack United will both have designs on the silverware. In Division 3A the 'B' teams of St. Joseph's, St. Cormac's and Gorey Celtic are all vying for the title with plenty of games remaining.

Gorey Rangers will wrap up the Under-12 Division 1 title with four games to spare if they win their next match while North End United hold a five-point lead in the race for Division 1A glory. Corach Ramblers hold prime position in Division 2 but Duncannon and Adamstown both have realistic hopes of topping the table come April.

St. Joseph's lost the last time out in Division 2A but still hold a narrow two-point advantage over nearest rivals Bree United, while Bridge Rovers' one hundred per cent record gives them a handy three-point advantage over closest challengers Enniscorthy Town in Division 3.

Under-13 Division 1 is set to be a straight fight between county town rivals Wexford Albion and North End, with the former currently holding the advantage, however they still have to play each other twice and those meetings will decide the destination of the silverware.

Forth Celtic will fancy their chances of taking Division 1A but with a whopping seven games left both Taghmon United and Gorey Celtic will have plenty to say in that race. In Division 2 a straight fight between Gorey Rangers 'B' and Campile will decide the champions while five of the seven teams in 2A still have hopes of a first place finish with Cloughbawn the current leaders. In Division 3, Forth Celtic 'B' are leading the way and will take a lot of stopping.

In Under-14 Division 1, favourites North End are well on their way to another league title which will mean that this team continues to keep their record of winning every league they have competed in. Ferns United are on course to take the Division 1A title as they hold a four-point lead over Shelburne with three games remaining.

Shamrock Rovers' one hundred per cent record sees them flying high in Division 2, two points with a game in hand ahead of closest rivals Oylegate. Another perfect record in Division 2A has All Blacks closing in on the title with a commanding nine-point lead over Wexford Albion.

Under-15 Division 1 is finely balanced with Gorey Rangers on top of the table and Moyne Rangers and Wexford Albion ready to make a push for the title just behind the league leaders. Meanwhile, local rivals St. Leonards and Campile are set for a battle royal in Division 2 and Division 3 looks equally as exciting with Gorey Rangers 'B' on top of the table but New Ross Town in keen pursuit.

In Under-16 Division 1, North End lead the way but with games in hand both St. Cormac's and Gorey Rangers are ready to pounce while Moyne Rangers shouldn't be ruled out either. In Division 1A the title looks like a straight battle between St. Leonards and Curracloe who are locked together on 17 points with five games remaining.

Oylegate's perfect record has them on course to take the Division 2 crown ahead of Bree United and Rosslare Rangers, while Rathnure will take the Division 2A title should they win one of their last three fixtures.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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