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Carrick looking good at halfway stage in Premier

The big freeze saw a wipe-out of all games in Waterford junior football over the last few weeks.

With the Waterford Premier League at the halfway point, it gives us a chance to have a look at how things stand at the moment.

Carrick United lead the way with 18 points from six games played, next come Tramore who have 14 from eight games.

Bohs are in third place with 10 from seven games, Villa are next with 10 points from six games. In mid-table, Hibs are doing well with 10 points from seven games. Behind them are St Saviours, who will be disappointed to only have nine points from seven games. Johnville also have nine points from seven games.

The big surprise is that Waterford Crystal are third from bottom with only eight points from their seven games.

Ferrybank have six points from six games, however, one of Waterford's top clubs, Southend United, are in real danger of dropping out of the top flight as they languish at the bottom with only one point from seven games.

The race for the golden boot for top scored is hotting up, Thomas Fitzgerald of Carrick United leads the way with seven goals, followed by last seasons winner Stephen Dalton, of St Saviours; he has six goals. In third place is Gerry Connors of Bohs with five goals.

There will be two Waterford teams out of the area in this season's FAI Junior Cup.

Carrick United are away in Mayo to either Irosanhaitle FC or Manulla FC, Carrick should progress to the next round after this long trip to the west.

With the game at the Waterford Crystal Complex called of over the week end means that Crystal will now have to travel to Dungarvan and this could prove to be a tricky tie for the Crystal lads. The winners of this game will take on Ballymun United or Killester in the next round.

The Munster Junior Cup will see six teams fight it out for the three places in the Munster Cup, Tramore will play Dungarvan in Gruan Park, Southend United will take on Ferrybank and Saint Josephs will meet Villa, the three winners will progress out of the area.

Saturday, January 23

Munster Youths Cup: Villa v Castlebridge Celtic (7.0).

SUNDAY, January 24

FAI Junior Cup: Dungarvan v Waterford Crystal (2.0)

Munster Junior Cup: Southend v Ferrybank (11.0); St Joseph's v Villa (11.0)

Munster Youths Cup: Southend v Tramore (2.0).

Umbro Premier League: St Saviours v Hibernians (2.0); Johnville v Carrick (2.0); Bohemians v Tramore (11.0).