Tuesday 16 January 2018

North End move into quarter-finals

NORTH END United marched into the last eight of the S.F.A.I. Under-14 Cup with a superb performance against Longford on Saturday last. Kyle Kennedy bagged a brace for the Belvedere boys while Todd Hynes and Brandon Sinnott also netted.

Next up for the Wexford side is a home tie in the quarters against Newbridge Town. Also in the quarters are the club's Under-13s who will host Castlebar Celtic this Saturday.

With North End away, the rest of Division 1 had the chance to put pressure on the league leaders. However, only bottom-placed Taghmon won - 1-0 against Courtown - meaning the Wexford Town boys have a five-point lead at the top with a game in hand. Meanwhile, in the Under-14 Cup Duncannon will face Shamrock Rovers in the quarter-finals after they became the final club to reach the last eight with a surprise 3-0 win over Ferns.

In Division 1A, Shelburne moved to within a point of Ferns at the summit with a 5-1 win away to Bridge Rovers while Wexford Albion and Forth Celtic shared the spoils in their mid-table battle. With Oylegate going down to St. Leonards (see opposite) in Division 2, St. Cormac's kept their title hope alive with a 4-2 away win at St. Joseph's.

All Blacks moved a step closer to the Division 2A trophy despite dropping their first points of the season in a 1-1 draw at Wexford Albion. Wexford Celtic moved within eight points with a game in hand and they will have to win the fixture between the sides in the coming weeks to have a chance at the title. Kilmore also picked up a win in 2A away to New Ross Town.

In the Under-16 Cup, Shamrock Rovers booked a home quarter-final against Taghmon with a comfortable 4-0 win against Bree in the second round. They will be joined in the last eight by Moyne Rangers who needed spot kicks to get past Bunclody.

St. Cormac's joined North End on top of the Under-16 Division 1 table with a hard-fought away win at Courtown while a bumper weekend in Divison 1A saw Curracloe strengthen their grip on the title with a home victory against closest rivals St. Leonards. There were also wins in 1A for Forth Celtic and Wexford Celtic.

Rathnure already have Division 2A in the bag but All Blacks did their chances of a second place finish the world of good with a 3-2 win against Killenagh Wanderers. Nearest rivals for the spot, Kilmore, went down at home to Gorey Rangers 'B'.

Forth Celtic joined Moyne Rangers in second place in Under-12 Division 1 with a big 6-1 win over Shelburne, while leaders Gorey Rangers were not in league action at the weekend. Meanwhile, New Ross Celtic took victory in the only Under-12 Cup game of the weekend against Kilmore.

The top two in Divison 1A matched large victories, meaning the gap between leaders North End and Campile remains five points with five games remaining. In Division 2 Adamstown claimed a huge 4-2 victory over Duncannon to leap-frog their seaside rivals and move within a point of table-toppers Corach Ramblers. Wexford Celtic grabbed their second win of the season to end Gorey Celtic's title hopes; the Drinagh club were 5-1 winners.

St. Joseph's moved seven points clear at the top of Division 2A with a 5-1 win over Bunclody while St. Cormac's kept their own title ambitions alive with a home success over Bree. Finally, in Division 3 Bridge Rovers took advantage of Enniscorthy Town's postponement to move six points clear at the top with a win over Curracloe. There were also wins for Wexford Albion and New Ross Town.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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