Castletown face Gusserane in repeat of 2019 decider
THE LAST four participants in the Dominic Smith Electrical Senior football championship will be decided when the quarter-finals take place in a couple of double-headers in Chadwicks Wexford Park this Saturday and Sunday.
The major talking points from last weekend were the qualification of HWH-Bunclody for this stage of the competition after a gap of 14 years, and Kilanerin’s somewhat surprising but fully deserved victory over St. James’.
The outcome of the latter game propelled the Ramsgrange side into the relegation series, and either themselves or neighbours Horeswood will now be condemned to the drop after they were drawn together.
That match won’t be held until the weekend after next, but it’s going to attract massive interest given the high stakes and the close links between the two clubs.
Horeswood’s Jamie Myler will be facing his former team-mates, while P.J. Banville – who picked up an injury in the loss to Gusserane – will be hoping to be fit to take his place against his first cousins, the six Barron brothers.
The family ties will also be strong for the O’Hanlons, as Matthew will come face to face with Shane and Michael, while St. James’ manager Mick Walsh was a mentor with Horeswood during their golden era.
It’s also going to be an interesting and busy couple of weeks in the build-up for Zara Murphy, who is the physio for both teams!
The first relegation game will get this coming weekend’s Senior action under way, with Sarsfields taking on St. Anne’s in Bellefield on Friday at 7.45 p.m.
The winners here will be safe, while the losers will get one last chance to survive one week later when they clash with a Fethard side who will be glad of the break after their narrow loss to Glynn-Barntown following extra-time.
The latter will be in action in the first quarter-final on Saturday at 1.15 p.m., facing Shelmaliers in a repeat of last year’s meeting at the same stage that the Over The Water side won comfortably by 2-11 to 2-4.
That match will be followed by St. Martin’s against Kilanerin at 3.15 p.m., a first coming together of the clubs since the Wexford District team prevailed in a group game in Bellefield by 2-14 to 0-14 two years ago.
The loss of an hour’s daylight on Sunday, and the possibility of extra-time in either or both of the two games, has necessitated an early 12.15 p.m. start for the meeting of Castletown and Gusserane. That, of course, is an appetising re-run of the 2019 final, won by the north county side by 3-16 to 2-10.
The last of the four quarter-finals, at 2.15 p.m. on Sunday, will pit Starlights against HWH-Bunclody and, in a measure of the latter’s advances, it will be their first game of knockout Senior football since the Enniscorthy men came out on top in the 2007 semi-final by 1-10 to 0-11.
O’Kennedy Park will host a double bill of Amber Springs/Ashdown Park Hotels Intermediate football championship quarter-finals on Saturday, starting at 1.15 p.m. when Crossabeg-Ballymurn face Taghmon-Camross. They met in last year’s group stage, with the Wexford District side triumphing by 2-9 to 0-12.
There is also recent history between Rathgarogue-Cushinstown and St. Mary’s (Maudlintown), who clash at 3.15 p.m., because the New Ross District crew beat their Wexford town rivals at the same stage in 2020 by 1-14 to 1-8.
Another repeat from last year will be held in Bellefield on Sunday (3 p.m.), with Duffry Rovers looking for more of the same after their 0-18 to 0-15 success against St. Fintan’s.
The Naomh Eanna club are involved in an interesting double bill in St. Patrick’s Park on the same day, with their Intermediates taking on the 2020 runners-up, Ferns St. Aidan’s, at 2.15 p.m. The Gorey men won their last meeting – a high-scoring group clash in 2019 – by 5-7 to 2-14.
And they will be hoping that their Intermediate ‘A’ side have already got the day off to a good start by that stage, as the reigning Junior titleholders will play Adamstown in the Joyces Expert-sponsored quarter-final at 12.15 p.m.
The first quarter-final in this grade will see Cloughbawn facing Geraldine O’Hanrahans in St. Patrick’s Park on Friday (7.45 p.m.). The same venue will host a double bill on Saturday, with Clongeen playing Réalt na Mara at 1.15 p.m. before Craanford do battle with Kilmore two hours later.
Two of the Enniscorthy Farm Systems Junior football championship quarter-finals will be staged on adjoining pitches in the Halo Tiles Centre of Excellence on Friday (7.45 p.m.), namely the local derby between Oylegate-Glenbrien and Monageer-Boolavogue plus St. Martin’s versus Kilrush.
The Ferns St. Aidan’s club ground is the venue for Castletown against Sarsfields on Saturday (1.15 p.m.), while Blackwater will meet Gusserane in Boolabawn two hours later.
Bree will host the first Enniscorthy Farm Systems Junior ‘A’ football championship quarter-final featuring Rathgarogue-Cushinstown and HWH-Bunclody on Friday (7.45 p.m.).
St. Anne’s and Buffers Alley will clash in the second game in Ferns on Saturday (3.15 p.m.), with the last two games down for decision on Sunday – Davidstown-Courtnacuddy versus Marshalstown-Castledockrell in Killurin at 1 p.m., and Ballyhogue against Clongeen in Taghmon at 2.15 p.m.
The first couple of Enniscorthy Farm Systems Junior ‘B’ football championship finals will also be decided in the coming days. Starlights will face Duffry Rovers in Bree on Wednesday (7.30 p.m.) after emerging from the three-team Enniscorthy District that also featured Ballyhogue.
Tagoat is the venue for the Wexford decider on Sunday (11 a.m.), featuring a Crossabeg-Ballymurn side that saw off Sarsfields after extra-time, and a St. Fintan’s team that pipped Blackwater by a point in a replay. All four District contestants will be guaranteed places in the county quarter-finals.
While Sarsfields against St. Anne’s is the only relegation game taking place this coming weekend, ten matches will be played across November 5/7, with all losers to be demoted.
A couple of local derby ties in the lower grades should be every bit as interesting as the Senior meeting of St. James’ and Horeswood, with St. Joseph’s facing Volunteers in the Intermediate ‘A’ grade, while Starlights take on Shamrocks in Junior ‘A’.
Dominic Smith Electrical SFC relegation: Fethard v. losers of Sarsfields and St. Anne’s; Horeswood v. St. James’.
Amber Springs/Ashdown Park Hotels IFC relegation: Ballyhogue v. Glynn-Barntown; Bannow-Ballymitty v. St. Mary’s (Rosslare).
Joyces Expert IAFC relegation: Kilanerin v. St. Patrick’s; St. Joseph’s v. Volunteers.
Enniscorthy Farm Systems JFC relegation: Starlights v. Shamrocks; Shelmaliers v. Our Lady’s Island.
Enniscorthy Farm Systems JAFC relegation: Monageer-Boolavogue v. Glynn-Barntown; St. Martin’s v. Adamstown.