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Football league programme to conclude on Sunday



THE EBS Mortgages All-County Football League programme for 2022 will be completed on Sunday, with O’Kennedy Park in New Ross and St. Patrick’s Park in Enniscorthy both hosting final double-headers.

The action on Barrowside will get under way at 2 p.m. with the Division 3 decider featuring Cloughbawn and Volunteers, and it will be followed at 4 p.m. by the battle for Division 2 silverware between District neighbours Horeswood and Bannow-Ballymitty.

The starting times are the same in Enniscorthy, with the first match pitting HWH-Bunclody against Glynn-Barntown in the Division 5 final. And the St. Patrick’s Park programme will be completed by the meeting of Castletown and Monageer-Boolavogue in the Division 4 decider.

It’s the first time since 2019 that the All-County Leagues have been staged, and the hurling finals will be next on the agenda before the attention switches to the start of the hurling championships, either in late June or early July depending on the progress or otherwise of the county team.

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Horeswood, unbeaten after six games, will be fancied to take the Division 2 football title at Bannow-Ballymitty’s expense on Sunday, having already beaten them by 4-10 to 0-8 in April.

However, the Division 3 final is very hard to call, bearing in mind that the only point dropped by Volunteers in the group stages was in a 2-11 each draw to Sunday’s opponents Cloughbawn in late March. Castletown have a six from six record in Division 4, although they only beat Monageer-Boolavogue by 1-12 to 3-4 in their first outing on March 8 so their latest clash in St. Patrick’s Park on Sunday could be a close-run affair.

Meanwhile, HWH-Bunclody defeated Glynn-Barntown by 2-5 to 1-3 in Division 5 on April 10 and have yet to lose a game, so they will have high hopes of claiming some silverware.

The EEW All-County Hurling League final pairings are subject to confirmation by the County Board but, based on the tables published above, they should be:

Division 1, Glynn-Barntown v. Rathnure; Division 2, HWH-Bunclody or Adamstown v. Oulart-The Ballagh; Division 3, Shelmaliers v. Monageer-Boolavogue; Division 4, Glynn-Barntown v. Our Lady’s Island; Division 5, Naomh Éanna v. Ballyhogue.