Starlights (@1.61) vs Fethard (@2.62)
30-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Starlights will win

Starlights – Fethard Match Prediction | 30-08-2019 15:30

Taghmon have youth on their side and a certain ignorance to the favorites tag which makes them very dangerous, they don't fear anyone and are well coached and well set up by Jason Ryan. On that evidence a win for the New Ross district men seems likely. They have a serious pool of players and while Lyng and Waters are the ring leaders there is plenty of performers all around them. Also going decent in hurling and both can feed of each other as it has for St James in recent years. They put in a very solid display to beat Castletown on Friday evening in St Patricks Park. The sides have met in 2015 and 2016 in the group stages with St James prevailing on both occasions having lost to the same opposition in an intermediate final in 2012 or 2013. Castletown v TaghmonYet again the intermediate champions of the year before have made it to the last eight. St Martins v Glynn Glynn had a poor start to the championship but seem to be hitting form or starting to find the form that got them to last years final at the right time of the year. Castletown on form are potential champions however form has eluded them on the last two outings. Brian Malone and his crew can advance here by the odd point or two. Physically Glynn can match St Martins, but I see this clash of Wexford district rivals going to St Martins by 4-5 points. Relegation Final Sad to see either of these two sides going down. Shelmaliers have always knocked on the door in Senior Football but it time they started to kick the door down, they have the players and just need a bit more grit to see the deal through. A really hard game to call because even without Panther Gusserane have the potential to do damage with the two Cullen's and Mini both game winners on their day. Shelmaliers v GusseraneThe champions of 2016 are carrying a shaky run of form into the last eight with the loss of Adrian Flynn a disadvantage to the men in blue and gold. This has all the signs of raid by the underdog as ex Wexford managers Pat Roe and Jason Ryan go into battle on the line. Taghmon's forwards are dangerous and there is goals in them with five over their past two games however Masterson is a very good keeper for Castletown. Starlights were always in the shake up before relegation a few years ago and seemed to have refound their love for football. Another close game but recent experience in big games should see St James over the line by a point or two. Horeswood seem to be the better side having pushed St James to a draw, and beating Fethard in their final group game. Taghmon have ended up playing a Castletown team who are misfiring big time after a great start to the championship. Starlights have been very impressive this year with a solid plan in their game and this was evident when they should have beaten Castletown in the penultimate group game without Foley and Ryan who were away on holidays. St Martins have been almost flawless in getting to the last eight with their only slip up coming against Fethard however they were short a lot on that evening and a very good Fethard performance that evening saw that one end in parity. The loss of a town team is worrying though for Wexford football and unless St Mary's replace them will see too many teams from the one area outside the top grade. St James v Starlights. Taghmon to win by 2 purely for the fact they will go into the game under no pressure to deliver. O'Hanlon and Ryan could be an interesting clash in this game, St James were poor v St Martins but much better v Taghmon while Starlights struggled for a while v Sarsfields. In the last two seasons the intermediate winners have made it all the way to the final. Horeswood to have too much and maybe a stint in Intermediate might kick start a rebuilding phase for the Butters.

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I suppose this is to be expected going forward with a decline in rural populations in the county in general. Both Horeswood and Clongeen getting relegated at the weekend. Its worrying in the fact that in the next 10 years, it will become harder and harder to keep rural clubs going unless you have a large population base. Does anyone think that the trend going forward is that the smaller areas are starting to go down the divisions?

890202,i agree with you entirely.amalgamations should be avoided at all costs.unfortunately,there are 2 strands of thought here.anybody who has ever managed a team,especially at underage,knows that you have to sometimes beg parents to send their children.that is no good either.kids nowadays are different,they have so many options,hurling and gaa do not mean what they once did to kids and sadly,the drop off rate to adulthood is largely due to the shambolically poor product we have for the club player (we have done that one to death on here). the inter county monster has wrecked the club game and the gaa dont care.i work in a hotel and we had a famous cork footballer in recently,i talked to him for a few minutes and he said clubs in cork are on their knees,no more than our own lads were away at electric picnic,holidays,in the us,etc.at what stage is the gaa going to pay clubs anything more than lip service and arrive with the cap in hand when they need fundraising? the club does not mean what it once did to people,we need to realise this as an organisation.because the current mess simply is not working and players are walking away and lets face it it is hard to blame them. i know people will come here and say "oh yeah well it is easy to say that,you try do the fixtures".that is fine,but dont then think that young lads wont head off to the us or the electric picnic or on holidays and the club gets relegated while they are away. there is no easy answer,maybe next years all ireland in august is the starting point,but this is the gaas problem,and not one any individual county can fix. it is indeed very sad to see clubs like clongeen and horeswood being relegated,but the reality is that with smaller families (how many fitzhenrys was there?) and people moving to cities,etc,we need to fight harder for players and for me that starts with improving the product for these players.

Club Championships 2017

St. Annes Monageer - Craanford - CraanfordHWH Bunclody v Adamstown - Bunclody Ballygarret v Cushinstown - Ballygarrett Cloughbawn are senior since 1974, not 1973. Oulart v Shels - Oulart. Relegation FinalCloughbawn v Ferns - Big club about to get relegated, and I think it will be Ferns.And now for the guesses..... Rathnure v Rapps - Toughtest call, I'm gonna go for Rapps in the only surprise of the weekend. Oylegate-Glenbrien V Gorey - Oylegate, who have been a breath of fresh air this year. Martins v Alley - St. They won intermediate in 1973 as far as I know? Annes v Shamrocks - St. Intermediate Quarter FinalsCrossabeg-Ballymurn v Askamore - CrossabegSt. Martins, less comfortably than one might think.

Maybe someone on here would know. Oylegate-Glenbrien V Gorey - Oylegate have been impressive all year so I expect them to come through this test. So Ferns to go down, not sure how long both teams have been senior? Martins. Monageer - Craanford - Again going against the form book, I think Craanford to spring a surprise from a very tight match. Rathnure v Rapps - Up until the last game the Rapps were looking relegation candidates but have really turned it around, so a very hard one to pick a winner, I'm going t go with Rapps. Relegation FinalBallygarrett v Rathgarogue/Cushinstown - I'm going for Cushinstown, they pulled off a great result in there last game against Monageer and I heard that Ballygarrett are in a bit of disary, so dont be surprised to see the New Ross district come out of this. St. For me Ballymurn just havent been that impressive so far this year. Would be a huge shock for Ballygarrett to go down considering the talent they have at there disposal. Intermediate Quarter FinalsCrossabeg-Ballymurn v Askamore - I am going for a bit of a surprise here and I'm going to say Askamore. Oulart v Shels - For me the tie of the weekend, expect a tight game but Oulart to come through in the last 10 minutes. Annes v Shamrocks - St. Annes should win this, I reckon 5 to 6 points at the end. Martins v Alley - I can only see one winner here, thats St. Predictions for the weekendSenior HurlingSt. They will be hoping their last result against the Rapps will just be a blip. I think they have the forwards to do damage even though Monageer came top of their group.HWH Bunclody v Adamstown - Bunclody have been impressive so far and I have tipped them to reach the final this year. Relegation FinalCloughbawn v Ferns - Who would of expected Cloughbawn to be here but you'd have to fancy them here. There win against Ballygarrett was very impressive.

Glynn have replicated last year in that they have timed their run to perfection, and that sort of path to the QF's are often more beneficial to a side than a straight-forward route. Castletown have reached the semi-finals in six of the last seven years, and I expect them to return to winning ways here. But Kilanerin are favourites for promotion for a reason, and should win by 3-4 points. Ryan's shrewdness will also be a factor. In fact, their one blip on the radar, the draw with Fethard, might be more telling than some of their comprehensive wins. As usual, the senior championship has thrown up a few interesting ties and everything appears to be wide open.St.James v Starlights: Starlights are arguably the in-form of the two. St.Martin's v Glynn: match of the weekend. Conversely, their recent losses to James' in the final round, and to Duffry in the hurling last week may have an adverse effect on their confidence. Shels have generally flattered to deceive whenever they have progressed beyond the group stages. But on paper they have as strong a fifteen as anyone, while their system, if a little bit safety-conscious, means they will never be blown away. St.James have been stop-start all season but then again were in a Ross-dominated group so had a derby virtually every week. Gusserane can't seem to rediscover the form that led them to the Holy Grail last year, but then again it's notoriously hard to replicate the hunger the following year.However, I feel they won't want to surrender their crown too meekly, and I can see this one being a draw after normal time, with Shels edging it in extra-time.Castletown v Taghmon: despite being in something of a rut as of late, Castletown are amazingly 1/10 to win this one (according to Paddy Power). They seemed to have bought into their management's values and certainly possess some fine footballers and a good age profile. Sarsfields by 2. St.James' are certainly not to be discounted, but I tip Starlights to shade it by the narrowest of margins.Shelmaliers v Gusserane: potential to be a great game. Group form more or less goes out the window as teams hoped to have timed their peak performance for the knock-out stages. Only Kilcoo, Portlaoise, Errigal Chiarann and Crossmaglen are shorter-odds this weekend (and three of those clubs dominate their respective county championships). Sarsfields v Horeswood: the Butters dramatically survived last year against a better-balanced Adamstown side, and I actually tip history to repeat itself again. It seems they struggle against a compact set-up. Duffry v Bunclody: I just think Duffry have a couple more match-winners, and give them the verdict.Ferns v St.Mary's (M): St.Mary's have had a good year, and football seems to have top billing in Ferns this year. I love this time of the year. Taghmon will certainly fancy their chances of taking the scalp, particularly as they have improved incrementally as the season progressed. Ferns have a history of upsetting the apple-cart, but I think Mary's will shade it.St.Mary's (R) v Ballyhogue: Noel Roche and Syl Byrne being back from injury is crucial for the Hogues, and I tip them to edge through.Kilanerin v St.Fintan's: will be closer than people predict. Glynn will certainly hold no fear, but I think Martin's will have revenge on their minds and win by 4. That in fact may have them battle-hardened for the knock-outs- and they have previous of squeaking in only to go all the way. St.Fintan's have built their season around peaking in mid-September, and on their day are as good as anyone in the grade. St.Martin's have done what St.Martin's do in easing their way through the group stages, without ever been truly tested.

Leinster Senior Club Football Championship[edit]

They have garnered wins over Clongeen, Adamstown, Starlights and St Annes with the highlight being Banvilles 7 points from play in a 1-16 to 3-9 win over Starlights. So far this year, Horeswood have been in superb form with a defeat to Castletown being the only blip on their record. The return of Banville from Australia has been a major boost and he has been the key player in the march to this semi-final.

The tournament consists of 12 teams, with the winner going on to represent Wexford in the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship. The championship starts with a group stage and then progresses to a knock out stage. The 2017 Wexford Senior Football Championship is the 119th edition of the Wexford GAA's premier club Gaelic football tournament for senior graded teams in County Wexford, Ireland.

Over the last few years, Fethard have struggled to make an impact in the Wexford senior football championship but they really made people stand up and take notice when they beat Gusserane by 0-10 to 1-6 in the quarter-final. In that game, Fethard displayed all of their battling qualities having trailed by a point and facing into a strong wind in the second half.

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