Monday 19 March 2018

Relegation scrap is high on drama

THE PREMIER League's relegation scrap has nothing on Wexford's top flight in terms of drama.

While Bunclody and Adamstown are already preparing for life in Division 1, Ferns United, Forth Celtic and Gorey Rangers all finished level on points, meaning we would require two play-offs to decide who enters the promotion/relegation play-off against the third-placed side in Division 1.

Forth Celtic were in action on Wednesday evening last against Campile United knowing anything less than a win would see them face the play-off. But they did what was required of them as they racked up a 5-2 win over Campile United in Murrintown.

That result meant all three sides sat on the same points tally and three into one simply doesn't go, so Celtic's reward for that win was a battle with Gorey Rangers. Ferns United would only have to face the loser of that tie by virtuoso of their superior goal difference.

And it is Gorey Rangers who will provide the opposition for United after Celtic slid past them on Sunday thanks to a penalty shoot-out.

The tie ended at two goals apiece after 90 minutes and extra-time proved equally insufficient at separating them so penalties were in order, and Celtic just about kept their cool to emerge 5-4 winners.

Ferns United and Gorey Rangers will now go head-tohead on Sunday morning. The winner's prize will be safety while the loser's reward will be the promotion/relegation play-off against either Park Hotspur or Moyne Rangers.