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Tight at the top in race for 10 Premier

IT LOOKS LIKE THE race for the Under 10 Premier Division will go right to the wire.

With the exception of St. Peter's Bhoys, the other five of the six participating clubs are still in with a shout of securing either the league title or the runners-up berth.

Enniskerry A are the only team who played their full programme of ten fixtures. They defeated Greystones United A 4-0 on Saturday February 6th at the Woodlands. That left them with 18 points from their scheduled ten games.

Then on Sunday February 14th, Greystones bounced back to beat Arklow Town A 1-0 at the Community College to move level on points with Enniskerry.

United's last match is pencilled in for Sunday February 28th at home to St. Anthony's A.

Victory would seal, at worst, the runners-up spot for 'Stones. They would however become champions if Arklow failed to pick maximum points from their last three outings (St. Peter's home and away; and St. Anthony's away).

But if the 'Town were to win all three, they would take the title.

If they were to lose one and draw one, and St. Anthony's overcome Greystones, there could possibly be a three-way play-off for the trophy involving Enniskerry, Greystones and Arklow.

Thrown in the mix though is Ardmore Rovers A. They are level on points with Arklow (13) but having played one more fixture.

If the Bray outfit were to see off St. Anthony's and St. Peter's, they would finish above Enniskerry.

But Rovers would still need Greystones to lose to St. Anthony's and Arklow not win two of their games in order to claim pole position.

The last scenario is that St. Anthony's (on 9 points) were to win all three of their remaining games and force a play-off with Enniskerry for either first or second place - again depending on other results.

Arklow, Roundwood in last four in U16 Shield

WITH THE VARIOUS Shield competitions in full swing, some teams are already through to the semi finals stages.

With Enniskerry's withdrawal from Group B of the Under 16 Premier Division, both Arklow Town and Roundwood AFC have secured the couple of last four places on offer from that section.

With wins over Glencormac United (4-0) and Aughrim Rangers (3-0), Arklow Town B are certain of a top two placing in Group B of the Under 13 Division 1.

And after receiving a walk-over from their proposed clash with St. Patrick's from the weekend just gone, St. Peter's Bhoys are assured of a least a play-off from Group 2 of the Under 11 Division 2.

It's a similar case for another of other teams. The following are all guaranteed an extra match if needed to make the semi finals and just need a single point from reaching the last four: Arklow Town A (U11 Premier Division Group A), Greystones United A (U12

Premier Division Group A), Coolboy Rangers A (U12 Division 2 Group A),

Arklow Town A (U13 Premier Division Group A), Wicklow Town (U13

Division 2 Group B) and Greystones United (U14 Division 1 Group B).

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