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Sunday 26 May 2019

Bridge boys forge a surprise cup win

BRIDGE ROVERS pulled off a big upset in the Under-11 Cup with a penalties victory over Moyne Rangers.

The Enniscorthy lads came into the game unbeaten in Division 1 but were sent crashing out of the cup 2-1 on spot kicks.

Other than Moyne it was a good cup day for Division 1 sides with North End United, Gorey Rangers and Courtown all advancing to the last eight. Enniscorthy Town, leaders of 2A, got the better of 1A opposition in Caim United while Wexford Celtic and Kilmore also advanced to the quarters.

In the league the only game in Division 1 saw St. Joseph's move within five points of the table summit with a hard-fought 1-0 win over New Ross Celtic. Duncannon took advantage of Bridge Rovers' cup involvement to move top of the table in Division 1A with a 3-1 win over Forth Celtic while St. Leonards won away to Glynn Barntown.

Also taking advantage of cup games were Division 2 title-chasers Gorey Celtic and St. Cormac's who both leap-frogged Wexford Celtic at the summit. In Division 2A All Blacks closed the gap on Enniscorthy Town to a point with a 6-0 win over Stoney Rovers while Curracloe and Adamstown drew 2-2.

Blackwater eased three points clear at the top of Division 3 with a 4-0 away win against Tombrack, and Oylegate moved off the foot of the table with a win at home to Rathnure. Meanwhile, in Division 3A Gorey Celtic 'B' and St. Cormac's 'B' both closed in on table-toppers St. Joseph's 'B' with big victories.

In Under-13 Division 1, Gorey Rangers won against bottom club New Ross Celtic while Taghmon United's title hopes were dealt a massive blow in 1A after they were beaten 4-1 by St. Leonards. Shelburne also registered a victory in 1A, 3-2 against Oylegate.

The top two in Division 2 weren't in league action but the bottom two squared up - Curracloe won that battle 6-3. In Division 2A Fethard failed to join Cloughbawn at the top of the table after they were held 4-4 by Shamrock Rovers and Caim also picked up a victory, their first of the season.

Corach Ramblers were the big winners in Division 3 after their 1-0 success against New Ross Town moved them into second spot, two points behind Forth Celtic 'B' who were held by Rathnure to a goalless draw.

In the Under-13 Cup it was a great day for Gorey with both Celtic and Rangers 'B' causing minor shocks. Celtic dismissed Division 1 rivals Moyne Rangers on penalties while Rangers also beat a team one division higher in Forth Celtic. Cloughbawn, Wexford Albion and Campile also booked places in the last eight.

Gorey Rangers and Moyne Rangers both maintained their 100 per cent records in Under-15 Division 1 with wins over Wexford Albion and Courtown respectively. The rest look to be playing for third at the moment and it was a good weekend for Bunclody who moved level with Glynn Barntown after seeing them off 3-0.

The top two in Division 2 continued to separate themselves from the rest with both winning again. St. Leonards beat Gorey Celtic 3-2 in a hard-fought clash to stay three points ahead of Campile who edged out Tombrack. Wexford Celtic and Bree also secured three points in Division 2.

The big game in Division 3 saw New Ross Town claim a huge 4-0 victory at Gorey Rangers 'B'. Gorey lead the way in the table but the advantage over their main rivals is now just six points while Town have three games in hand. Elsewhere, Blackwater beat Camolin 5-2 while Rosslare Strand also won and Albion 'B' and Forth Celtic 'B' drew.

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