The Stars Will Shine And It’ll Be Lights Out

On Sunday 29 October, St Martins will face off against the Starlights in the Wexford Senior football final. 

Both teams are full of youth and talent and it is sure to be a highly competitive game and for sure, both sets of players will leave everything on the pitch to ensure they depart with silverware. The Piercestown natives last won the title in Wexford Senior football title in 2013, while the Enniscorthy town side’s last victory in the competition was thirteen years ago, in 2004.

The sides are hard-split, with the majority of Wexford club football supporters struggling to pick a winner between the final two. However, Betfair Casino now released their odds on the upcoming clash and they have the Piecestown side as slight favourites entering the game. After a quick look at the online betting on various other sites, the Betfair bookmaker seems to supply the best odds which are available below:

St Martins 8/11

Draw 7/1

Starlights 6/4

 

While St Martins’ favouritism can be justified due to their impressive displays thus far in the Senior Football campaign, some Shelmaliers club-men thought that the referee played a significant impact on the semi-final, and with a different man-in-the-middle then maybe, the Martins would not have claimed a place in the final. Yet, it is also important to note that St.Martins defeated the Shels on that particular day on a score-line of 1-14 to 2-04, which would suggest that their victory was not just influenced by the referee alone, but mainly by their clinical attackers and steady defence.

Most of the St.Martins club-men will also play in the Wexford Senior hurling final after their semi-final victory against Naomh Eanna of Gorey. That game will be played on October 22nd, which is notably the week previous to the football final. Arguably, this will be a disadvantage to the St.Martins team, as the championship game-time in tough October conditions may affect many of their dual players that will line out on both of the big occasions.

On the other hand, the Starlights have gained a place in the final completely under the radar, but after an extremely impressive campaign too. While attention turned to the Rapparees hurling semi-final against Oulart-The Ballagh, it was easily forgotten that they had a lot more to look forward to with the big-ball.

 

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Pic via Official Wexford GAA

 

In the football semi-final, the Starlights faced an experienced Castletown team, however, with the likes of Kevin Foley, Liam Ryan and Ryan Mahon prevalent on the team they were not going to lie down easily and that never-say-die attitude was summed up by Alan Tobin’s 59th-minute winner to seal a game that was completely on edge.

With precious silverware up for grabs, it is sure to be a cracker!

Who do you think will win the game? Leave a comment.

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Wexford Weekly

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