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Monday 21 October 2019

District Derby games in Senior last eight

Reigning champions Naomh Eanna put title on line against Ferns St. Aidan's

Flashback to last year’s quarter-final clash as Aidan Redmond of Rathnure challenges Kevin Ryan (Rapparees)
Flashback to last year’s quarter-final clash as Aidan Redmond of Rathnure challenges Kevin Ryan (Rapparees)

Alan Aherne

There will be no second chances for the remaining participants in the Pettitt's Senior hurling championship, with the staging of all four quarter-finals in two Innovate Wexford Park double-headers this coming weekend.

The action will start with the Gorey District derby between Ferns St. Aidan's and holders Naomh Eanna at 3.30 p.m. Saturday, to be followed by an all-Wexford District clash featuring St. Martin's and Glynn-Barntown at 5.15 p.m.

The times are the same the following day, starting with the meeting of St. Anne's and Shelmaliers, before Rapparees take on Rathnure in a familiar pairing at this stage of the competition.

Naomh Eanna v. Ferns St. Aidan's: The sides will be clashing for the third year running, with the spoils shared thus far.

Ferns shaded a group game in May of 2017 by 1-20 to 1-19, but their Gorey rivals were commanding 3-22 to 0-16 victors last year.

Naomh Eanna, of course, went on to capture the coveted title for the first time in 2019, and they will go into this contest as favourites.

FIVE-YEAR RECORDS - Naomh Eanna: 2014, Intermediate quarter-final; 2015, Intermediate winners; 2016, Senior quarter-final; 2017, Senior semi-final; 2018, Senior champions; Ferns St. Aidan's: 2014, Senior semi-final; 2015, Senior did not qualify; 2016, Senior semi-final; 2017, Senior relegation final winners; 2018, Senior quarter-final.

St. Martin's v. Glynn-Barntown: The last knockout clash between the one-time under-age partners arrived in the semi-final of 2015 when St. Martin's were handy 5-13 to 0-13 victors.

That was a significant turning of the tables, since Glynn-Barntown had won a group meeting the previous August by 0-17 to 0-14.

Saturday's game will be their first meeting since July of 2016 when the Piercestown-based side cruised to a 2-23 to 0-14 success.

And, although they were below par in the recent loss to Fethard, they had already qualified and should be sufficiently motivated to get back on track.

FIVE-YEAR RECORDS - St. Martin's: 2014, Senior did not qualify; 2015, Senior runners-up; 2016, Senior quarter-final; 2017, Senior champions; 2018, Senior runners-up; Glynn-Barntown: 2014, Senior semi-final; 2015, Senior semi-final; 2016, Senior semi-final; 2017, Senior did not qualify; 2018, Senior relegation final winners.

Shelmaliers v. St. Anne's: It's five years now since these Wexford District opponents met in the final, with the Shels prevailing by 3-8 to 1-11 after a 0-13 to 1-10 draw.

The spoils have been shared in group games since, with St. Anne's winning by 1-12 to 1-11 in 2016, but losing by 0-20 to 0-16 in 2018.

Both clubs endured disappointing football defeats last weekend, and the Shels will go into this one as warm favourites after topping their group.

FIVE-YEAR RECORDS - Shelmaliers: 2014, Senior champions; 2015, Senior quarter-final; 2016, Senior did not qualify; 2017, Senior quarter-final; 2018, Senior quarter-final; St. Anne's: 2014, Senior runners-up; 2015, Senior quarter-final; 2016, relegated from Senior; 2017, Intermediate champions; 2018, Senior quarter-final.

Rapparees v. Rathnure: The advantage in this long-standing Enniscorthy District rivalry has shifted towards the town team in recent years.

After the Rapps won a group game by 2-21 to 1-8 in Farmleigh in 2015, they have also prevailed in the last two years at the quarter-final stage.

The scoreline was 1-25 to 2-15 in 2017, and 2-18 to 1-14 twelve months ago. It's unusual for teams to meet in the last eight for three campaigns on the trot, and the Rapps can make it a knockout treble here but it could be the closest game of the weekend.

FIVE-YEAR RECORDS - Rapparees: 2014, Senior quarter-final; 2015, Senior did not qualify; 2016, Senior quarter-final; 2017, Senior semi-final; 2018, Senior semi-final; Rathnure: 2014, Senior quarter-final; 2015, Senior relegation final winners; 2016, Senior did not qualify; 2017, Senior quarter-final; 2018, Senior quarter-final.

Faythe Harriers v. Oylegate-Glenbrien: This relegation decider is down for decision in Bellefield at 5.15 p.m. on Saturday, with tension certain to be in the air given the very high stakes.

They haven't met since a first round group game in 2013 which the town team won by 2-13 to 1-6, but there's a slim chance that either side will coast to such a comfortable win this time around.

FIVE-YEAR RECORDS - Faythe Harriers: 2014, Senior relegation final winners; 2015, Senior semi-final; 2016, Senior relegation final winners; 2017, Senior did not qualify; 2018, Senior did not qualify; Oylegate-Glenbrien: 2014, Intermediate quarter-final; 2015, Intermediate quarter-final; 2016, Intermediate champions; 2017, Senior quarter-final; 2018, Senior semi-final.

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