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Wicklow assured of play-off at least

WITH THREE Under 9 league titles already won, the end is in sight other three sections in that age group.

Enniskerry SFC B (Division 3), Wicklow Town (Division 4A) and Aughrim Rangers B (Division 4B) have topped their groupings to date.

After playing out a score-less draw with Carnew AFC last Sunday week (January 17th) at the Hockey Pitch in Dunbur, Wicklow Rovers A are assured of at least a play-off for the U9 Premier Division silverware.

With their scheduled ten matches completed, Rovers are six points clear of Arklow Town A who have two games in hand. Arklow were due to host Carnew yesterday at the Community College.

Victory for the 'Town would mean they could force the extra contest with Wicklow if they were beat St. Anthony's away in Kilcoole in their last outing.

However, Carnew (who were only a point behind Arklow) still have a chance of runners-up. They also still have to play St. Anthony's away. And winning both fixtures would seal second place.

Newtown hoping to beat the weather!

THE OTHER TWO Under 9 sections were due to be completed on the weekend just gone - weather permitting.

Twice previously before Christmas and after the New Year, Newtown Juniors attempts to lift the Division 1 crown have been thwarted by the elements.

All they have to do was avoid defeat against Arklow Town B at the Community College in their final fixture last Saturday (January 23).

But a win for Arklow, as well as taking maximum points at home to Enniskerry A and away at the Hockey Pitch in Dunbur against Wicklow Rovers B, would give the Black and White's a play-off against Newtown.

Ashford and Tones in battle for U9D2 title

WITH BOTH OF THEM confirmed as the top two side's in the U9 Division 2, Ashford Rovers and Wolfe Tone Youth Club A were set for an U9 Division 2 showdown yesterday.

Separated by just a single point, the head-to-head scenario was that a win for either team would be enough to secure the championship trophy.

A draw though would mean that Wolfe Tone could clinch pole position should they overcome local Bray rivals Ardmore Rovers B at the Temple Sportsfield in their final match.

ANY HOPE Wicklow had of reaching the knock-out stages from the Leinster group of the U16 SFAI Paul O'Neill Inter-League Cup fell by the wayside last week.

Despite a Shane Doyle strike, the Garden County lads suffered a 2-1 defeat away against Wexford at Ferrycarrig Park.

Having lost 5-1 to Kilkenny last November at Scanlon Park, they are now nine points adrift of the Cats who've already beaten Wexford (2-1) and the NDSL by a 3-1 score-line.

Wicklow will try and salvage some pride in their remaining fixtures at home to the Midlands League and NECSL away to the NDSL.