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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Cloughbawn ready to challenge Celtic

Rain disrupts schoolboys schedule

Cloughbawn are continuing where they left off after last year's Under-11 success.
Cloughbawn are continuing where they left off after last year's Under-11 success.

With the rain taking away the chances of the even age groups to get some football in last weekend, it gives us the opportunity to look at the state of play in each league table as the season moves into its second half.

Forth Celtic are the team to beat in Under-12 Division 1. The Murrintown boys sit top of the table with six games to play, three points ahead of Gorey Rangers with a game in hand.

Their main challenge may come from last season's Under-11 champions Cloughbawn, who have lost just one so far and have seven left to play.

One draw against Glynn Barntown is all that has halted Curracloe's run to the summit of Division 1A. The seasiders have 16 points from a possible 18 and sit three clear of nearest challengers Wexford Albion.

Glynn Barntown are there too but it will take a monumental effort for any of the other three teams to get back into contention.

St. Cormac's are four points clear with three games left to play in Division 2 but their problem is that a talented Bunclody have three games in hand and are ready to pounce. They are a perfect four wins from four games this season and sit two points ahead of Newpark, who themselves are not without a chance to end the season as champions.

Division 2A might turn into the most exciting league in the age group. Four teams are right in the hunt but Corach Ramblers, who have played a game more than their challengers, lead the way.

New Ross Town 'B' are right on their tails while Fastnet and an Oylegate team which drew twice with the leaders are right in the mix.

Ballagh United are going strong in Division 3, with twelve points from five games, but the top teams have shown an ability to take points off each other.

Shelburne are three points further back while Wexford Bohs have two games in hand on the leading duo and have only lost twice themselves this season.

A scrap is around the corner in Division 3A where the top five are separated by just three points. Rathnure and Shamrock Rovers lead the way with ten points but if Gorey Celtic 'B', who are unbeaten, can start turning their draws into wins they could be the team to beat. Caim and Killenagh Wanderers are in the reckoning as well.

Had it not been for the weather, Division 4 could have become the first with a champion in the Wexford Schoolboys League. Blackwater need just one more win, from their three remaining games, to take the crown. Kilmore and Taghmon will keep fighting but their battle looks like being for second spot.

Gorey Rangers 'B' are one of just four teams in the Under-12 leagues with a perfect record intact. They sit on top of Division 4A with 15 points from their five games.

Glynn Barntown 'B', having played two games more, are right there with them and Bridge Rovers 'B' are in contention too.

They needed a play-off to win Under-13 Division 1A last season and were well beaten in the cup final, but Fethard Rangers are showing their mettle in Under-14 Division 1 this time around.

They have been phenomenal on their way to four wins from four games and lead Gorey Celtic by two points with a game in hand. Wexford Albion have played just three games and are seven points back.

Division 1A looks set to go the distance. St. Joseph's and Forth Celtic are level at the top of the table with twelve points from their five games.

Bridge Rovers have played one game more and are not out of it, two points back, but keep an eye on Moyne Rangers. They are three behind with a game in hand.

There's a real dogfight going on atop the Division 2 table where three teams are within two points of one another. Shelburne are the current summit dwellers with four wins from five games but Curracloe are a point further back with Oylegate in third spot on ten points.

A couple of quality 'B' teams rule the roost in Division 2A. Gorey Celtic are currently the side to beat having won their first five games of the season to lead the way.

Forth Celtic are just behind them with twelve points from five games while Killenagh are in the mix too but can afford no slip-ups from here on in.

No game has finished in a draw in Division 3 yet, and that suits Shamrock Rovers 'B' just fine. They lead the way with six wins from six games and are currently six points ahead of nearest rivals Wexford Celtic 'B', who do have a game in hand.

Forth Celtic are on a mission in Under-16 Division 1 where they have opened up a four-point advantage on nearest rivals Bridge Rovers. There's a long way to go in this league, with North End primed for a challenge having picked up four points from just two games played so far.

Despite dropping two points against Corach Ramblers, Campile look really strong in Division 2. They have ten points from four games and with four to play are just three wins away from taking the title.

Neither New Ross Celtic nor St. Leonards are out of the reckoning yet.

It's pretty clear, even with only just over half the games played, that Division 3 is a straight fight between two sides.

Cloughbawn are sitting pretty on top of the table with 16 from a possible 18 points. However, Enniscorthy Town are just four points back with a game extra still to play, meaning it's anyone's to win.

Curracloe are flying away in Division 4 with the same points total as Cloughbawn in Division 3. They are six ahead of Rathnure and seven from Fastnet but both have a game in hand.

Finally, in Division 4, Enniscorthy United, who have two games left, plus Tombrack and Shamrock Rovers, both with three, are separated by just three points.

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