Monday 26 February 2018

All to play for in relegation battle

SEVEN SIDES still face the threat of relegation to Division 2 following this week's action in Noel Kehoe Pitch Development Division 1.

All Blacks and Duncannon have already taken the plunge, and any one of Gorey Celtic, Wexford Celtic, Kilmore United, St. Leonards, Rosslare Rangers, Bridge Rovers or Moyne Rangers could still mathematically join them.

Wexford Celtic were kept busy as they tangled with table-toppers Park Hotspur twice within a matter of days. On Wednesday they surrendered to a 2-0 win against the Park Lane men, with Peter Marsden and Deccy Goodison doing the damage for the visitors.

But then on Sunday they gave their survival hopes a boost as they held the league leaders to a 0-0 draw on their own turf.

St. Leonards also strengthened their survival chances when they picked up a point against Bridge Rovers on Wednesday evening.

A Walter Cosgrave strike and an own goal proved enough to warrant a share of the spoils for the Dunmain men.

Bridge Rovers went to battle again on Sunday as they visited Moyne Rangers, but that outing didn't prove quite as successful for the Bogside boys as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat. Mark Kirwan and Seán Miller netted Rangers' efforts in that one.

While Rangers are indeed still relegation contenders, they also just happen to be the favourites for the league title. They have only played 16 games and therefore they find themselves closer to the drop zone than to top spot, but their five games in hand over Park Hotspur mean that the title race is in their hands.

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