Forth claim Un­der-12 crown

Away win over North End means Celtic can’t be caught

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT -

FORTH CELTIC are the Wex­ford and District School­boys Soc­cer Un­der-12 Di­vi­sion 1 cham­pi­ons af­ter they se­cured the vic­tory they needed away to North End to move into an un­catch­able po­si­tion at the top of the ta­ble with eight wins and a draw from their nine matches.

It was an in­cred­i­ble sea­son of im­prove­ment from the Mur­rin­town boys. They fin­ished just three points ahead of rel­e­gated Wex­ford Al­bion last sea­son but have been peer­less this cam­paign, edg­ing the crown ahead of last sea­son’s Un­der-11 cham­pi­ons, Clough­bawn.

Co­rach Ram­blers were cel­e­brat­ing last week too, de­spite not be­ing on the field when they won the Di­vi­sion 2A ti­tle. The new champs had com­pleted their list of fix­tures and held a three-point lead over a tal­ented New Ross Town ‘B’ side in the ta­ble.

Town needed to beat third-placed Oyle­gate to force a play-off for the ti­tle but they weren’t able to find a goal and the fix­ture ended score­less. It means, with nine wins and three draws from their twelve games, Ram­blers have taken the ti­tle by just two points.

Gorey Rangers ‘B’ face sim­i­lar pres­sure in the Di­vi­sion 4A ta­ble. They have two fix­tures left to play and trail lead­ers Bridge Rovers ‘B’ by six points. If Gorey man­age to win both there will be a play-off for the ti­tle, and if they fall at ei­ther hur­dle the Bog­side boys will lift the cup.

Not much has changed in Un­der-13 Di­vi­sion 1 where Gorey Rangers and Moyne Rangers con­tinue to go stride for stride. The lat­ter are three points clear but their ri­vals for the tro­phy have a game in hand with three to play.

How­ever, the slim hopes of Forth Celtic are all but over af­ter they lost to Moyne dur­ing the last week. They are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter claim­ing the re­gional ti­tle on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day, one of sev­eral de­ciders in that com­pe­ti­tion this pa­per wasn’t given no­ti­fi­ca­tion about.

Wex­ford Al­bion dam­aged their own hopes of nab­bing the Di­vi­sion 1A ti­tle af­ter fall­ing to Bridge Rovers last week. Their des­tiny is still in their own hands with four games re­main­ing but Black­wa­ter will have re­newed be­lief that they might yet take the spoils.

The Un­der-14 Di­vi­sion 1 league con­tin­ues to cre­ate in­cred­i­ble drama. Af­ter Gorey Celtic failed to take their chance to win the crown, Fethard Rangers had their op­por­tu­nity last week when they met Wex­ford Al­bion. A win would have wrapped up the ti­tle, and a draw would have cre­ated a play-off sit­u­a­tion.

How­ever, Al­bion won the match to con­tinue their tear from back in the pack. They have games against Wex­ford Celtic and Sham­rock Rovers re­main­ing and should they win both they will pip Gorey Celtic for the ti­tle. Fethard, af­ter lead­ing most of the way, can now fin­ish no bet­ter than sec­ond.

Forth Celtic’s 5-0 win against Moyne Rangers in Di­vi­sion 1A means they can no longer be caught at the sum­mit and are cham­pi­ons.

The boys in green have won nine of their ten games so far and will be a tough team to beat in the top di­vi­sion next sea­son.

As well as pre­par­ing for a cup fi­nal, their ‘B’ team is still right in the mix for the Di­vi­sion 2A ti­tle. More will be known af­ter tonight (Tues­day) when they face New Ross Town ‘B’ look­ing for the vic­tory that will force a ti­tle play-off against Gorey Celtic ‘B’.

North End will add a Un­der-15 Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle to their re­gional crown if they can win two of their three games in the next week.

They travel to Kil­muck­ridge this evening, make the short trip to Mur­rin­town on Fri­day, and will hope to have the sil­ver­ware in the bag be­fore head­ing to Dun­can­non next Mon­day.

Cup fi­nal­ists Sham­rock Rovers have been mo­tor­ing through the gears in Di­vi­sion 2 and they are now just a win in their fi­nal game away from tak­ing the ti­tle.

They might not even have to wait that long, as if Ross­lare Strand drop points in the mean­time the En­nis­cor­thy side will be cham­pi­ons.

Mean­while, in Un­der-16 Di­vi­sion 5, En­nis­cor­thy United se­cured a mem­o­rable crown last week when they beat New Ross Town. They went into the game know­ing only full points would be enough to wrap up the cup, and they did what they needed to leapfrog Tom­brack in the ta­ble.

Com­ing up this week­end are the first two of six Wex­ford and District School­boys Soc­cer Cup fi­nals. Both take place in Bog­side, Castle­bridge, on Satur­day af­ter­noon, with the Un­der-13 de­cider be­tween Forth Celtic and Moyne Rangers kick­ing off at 3.30 p.m.

Then, af­ter the win­ners of that cup are crowned, the Un­der-15s take to the field. Sham­rock Rovers are the sur­prise pack­age but they will take all the beat­ing against a St. Joseph’s team which is play­ing catch-up to North End in the league ti­tle race. That game kicks-off at 5.30 p.m.

The St. Leonards squad be­fore their Un­der-15 Cup semi-fi­nal de­feat to Sham­rock Rovers in En­nis­cor­thy. Mikey Web­ster (Sham­rock Rovers) holds off Liam Burke (St. Leonards) in the Un­der-15 Cup semi-fi­nal.

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