Friday 23 February 2018

Premier wash-out

THE WEATHER proved the real winner as the entire Premier Division programme was called off on Sunday last.

All five games fell foul of the weather which, given the backlog of games, and Wexford's continued presence in the Oscar Traynor Trophy competition, will leave Fixtures Secretary, Pat Whitty, with quite a few headaches going into the final months of the season.

Shamrock Rovers, who are seeking out a third title in a row, are currently the runaway leaders with 37 points from 13 games played. In second spot are Courtown Hibs, 12 points adrift from the same number of games.

The only side with a realistic chance of catching the leaders are North End United. The Wexford town side, with their outside cup interests now having abated, are left to concentrate on the domestic league and cup, but it's no surprise given their congested season that they have played just nine games in the league.

They are on 24 points, having suffered just one defeat, and that to Shamrock Rovers. Should they win their four games in hand it would leave them only one point adrift of the leaders, who have still to visit Belvedere which could yet decide the destination of the title.

New Ross Town, without a point after 14 games, were not afforded a chance to get off the mark as their home fixture with Wexford Bohs was an early casualty of the weather, while Forth Celtic, with just five points from 14 games, also look destined for the drop.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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