It’s still all to play for in the Wexford Football League Premier Division and it looks like it’s going down to the wire..
The title race in Wexford has been as exciting as any in recent memory with wo top teams battling it out all season long for major honours. Gorey Rangers and North End United.
Just as in the 2021/2022 season these two teams are the contenders for the Premier Division title and the Wexford Cup.
Last season, North End came out on top in the league, while Rangers took home the cup.
It has been well documented the extremely tough run of fixtures over a short period of time. It looked like they would come through unblemished in that run until they met Crossabeg. Defeat for Crossabeg would have condemned them to the relegation play-off, but they managed to get a very impressive point against Rangers, which handed the advantage to North End.
I think most people might have written off Rangers for the league at that point and might have been forgiven to do so.
However, with North End coming to Ramstown two days later, Rangers knew they would have a chance to rectify the situation and that is exactly what they did with a 2-1 victory to bring themselves right back into the equation.
With a further 3-1 victory away to Ferns, the two teams are deadlocked again with 45 points after 18 games with 2 to go. Their records and statistics are eerily similar. Played 18, won 14, drew 3, lost 1. North End have scored 45, conceded 10. Rangers have scored 44, conceded 9. There is virtually nothing to separate these two sides.
In the League, North End’s remaining fixtures are Moyne Rangers and Ferns
Rangers’ remaining fixtures are Forth Celtic and Moyne Rangers.
On paper, it would be two wins for both Rangers and North End. This means that the title would decided in a playoff which supporters of all clubs bar North End and Rangers would be in favour of. I think it is impossible to call a winner. My head tells me that this title race will be taken to a playoff but calling that playoff? I think I’ll leave that one to the bookmakers.
But as the old saying goes, football isn’t played on paper and there could yet be a twist or turn left as we enter the final few rounds of fixtures and like all fans of Wexford League football, I am eager to see how it plays out.
Featured Image Credit: Sean Dempsey
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