As the Wexford Premier Division reaches a crescendo, the table is starting to take shape…
At the wrong end of the table, Campile United and Bridge Rovers have unfortunately sealed their fate and will play Division One football again next season.
Rosslare Rangers are on 18 points and have one game left and need to win that to have a chance at ensuring safety and avoiding a relegation playoff. The only problem is that the remaining game is against title-chasing Gorey Rangers.
Further to add to Rosslare’s issues is that Moyne Rangers and Forth Celtic who are on 21 points, both have two games left meaning that if both of those sides pick up a point from their remaining two games, it guarantees the relegation playoff for Rosslare.
In the middle portion of the table, we have Wexford Bohs, Courtown Hibs and Ferns who are all safe from relegation and all fighting for the title of “Best of the rest”.
At the top end of the table, it is very much all to play for. The table is as follows:
With a handful of games left in the 20-game season, there is still a lot to play for. One of the most exciting aspects of this run is that the big teams still must play each other with Rovers’ remaining fixtures arguably looking the most daunting:
North End: Courtown Hibs (A), Shamrock Rovers (H), Moyne Rangers (A)
Shamrock Rovers: Forth Celtic (H), North End (A), Gorey Rangers (H)
Gorey Rangers: Ferns United (H), Bridge Rovers (A), Moyne Rangers (A), Shamrock Rovers (A)
Rovers have to play the two teams in direct competition with each other, which could be seen as an advantage as they could still determine their own future, it is certainly a challenging fixture list. Rovers were in the box seat to go and claim the title but two poor results in the space of four days were crushing to their aspirations, drawing with Courtown Hibs away and then losing to Moyne Rangers.
These results at a crucial time of the season when the heat is being turned up could spell the end of Rovers’ title charge if they don’t change their form in a hurry. Those results allowed North End to climb to the summit, but they also suffered a shock result by dropping points in a 2-2 draw with Campile. T
They did, however, have an excellent away win over Gorey Rangers in Ramstown by 2-1. That was a massive victory for North End while also being a tough blow for Rangers. Rangers responded well to this setback by recording a nice victory in the local derby against Courtown Hibs a few days later in a midweek fixture.
In my opinion, this league is far from over with more twists and turns to come.
As fans of the league, we should be thrilled about this title race as it is one of the most exciting in years. Unfortunately, I think for Rovers there is too much for them to do with the fixtures that they have left.
They certainly have the talent and the ability to go win their remaining three games but after the recent poor results in the league to go with their Wexford Cup exit at the hands of Gorey Rangers at the weekend, it’s a big ask to reverse that form against the teams of the calibre of Rangers and North End.
I believe it will be a shootout between Rangers and North End for the crown this year. Courtown have shown they can get a result against North End; Shamrock Rovers have played North End extremely hard over the last few years battling for honours.
Could this be the year Gorey Rangers bring the title to North Wexford? Only time will tell and I for one am eager for all to be revealed.
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