There is a lot on the line for teams as we approach the final round of the League Stage of our Club Football Championships. Some teams know their fate at this stage and some will be fighting to extend their seasons or trying to avoid the dreaded relegation final.
In considering the permutations for Round 5, it is important to be mindful of the rules that apply if two or more teams finish on the same number of points.
In the event of just two teams being tied, the first deciding factor will be the outcome of the meeting between the sides (i.e. the head-to-head result). If this match was a draw, then the tie will be resolved by total score difference. This means of separating two teams tied on points has not changed this year.
However, new this year is the rule that in the event of three or more teams being tied on the same number of points, the league points awarded from the games between the teams involved will be first used to decide the tie.
If a tie between teams cannot be decided based on the outcome of the games between the teams involved, the tie will be decided by total scoring difference followed by total points for from all games played in the league stage of the championship, not just the games between the teams involved.
The tables which are automatically generated on our website may not accurately reflect the true position. If any such cases arise, then as soon as possible after the relevant matches conclude, Wexford GAA will publish official tables on our social media channels which take these regulations into account.
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In Group A, Castletown and Glynn-Barntown have already qualified for the quarter finals, in first and second place respectively.
While HWH Bunclody are safe from relegation, they are not yet guaranteed a quarter final place. With Crossabeg/Ballymurn, St. Anne’s Rathangan and Sarsfields all on two points, there is a strong chance that the placings for third, fourth and fifth may be decided by the new regulations governing a three-way tie.
Glynn-Barntown play Sarsfields, Castletown play HWH Bunclody and Crossabeg/Ballymurn play St. Anne’s Rathangan in the final round.
In Group B, Kilanerin and Shelmaliers are both qualified for the quarter finals, with their clash on Sunday to determine who places first and who places second. Gusserane O’Rahilly’s and Starlights play each other, with both requiring at least one point to guarantee qualification for a quarter final berth.
St. James’ and St. Mogue’s Fethard face off in the third game in this group on Sunday. A loss for either team will see them in the relegation final while a draw for St. James’ would be enough for them to avoid relegation on score difference.
A win for either team would see them in a hunt for a quarter final spot, albeit depending on the result of the game between Gusserane O’Rahilly’s and Starlights. Starlights would have the head-to-head over St. Mogue’s Fethard. A tie on points with Gusserane O’Rahilly’s would see it determined based on scoring difference, with St. Mogue’s Fethard needing to overturn a 34 point difference.
Gusserane O’Rahilly’s have the head-to-head over St. James’ while a tie on points with Starlights would need St. James’ to overturn a five point deficit.
It promises to be an evening for the calculators on Sunday with the Group B games throwing in at 4pm followed by the Group A games at 5:45pm.
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In Group A, St. Martin’s, St. Mary’s Maudlintown, Naomh Éanna and Taghmon-Camross are all qualified for the quarter finals. Final placings will be determined on Saturday with St. Martin’s playing Naomh Éanna and St. Mary’s Maudlintown facing Taghmon-Camross.
Clongeen play Ferns St. Aidans in the third game to see which team will face a relegation final.
Neither team has won a game in the championship yet this year, with Ferns St. Aidans currently ahead in the table due to a better scoring difference (by one point). A draw would also be sufficient for Ferns St. Aidans to avoid the relegation playoff.
In Group B, both St. Abban’s Adamstown and Ballyhogue have qualified for a quarter final and face off on Saturday to determine placings.
At the other end of the group, Horeswood play Bannow-Ballymitty and St. Fintan’s play Rathgarogue-Cushinstown on Saturday afternoon. Horeswood, Rathgarogue-Cushinstown and St. Fintan’s are all in the mix for qualification for the quarter finals with each of their fates in their own hands. Bannow-Ballymitty cannot reach a quarter final. In order to avoid the relegation final, they need to win and have to depend on Rathgarogue-Cushinstown defeating St. Fintan’s.
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In Group A, St. Mary’s Rosslare, Kilmore, St. Patrick’s and Duffry Rovers are all qualified for the quarter finals with placings to be determined on Friday night, with Kilmore facing off against St. Mary’s Rosslare and St. Patrick’s playing Duffry Rovers.
Geraldine O’Hanrahans face Réalt na Mara in which is effectively a relegation semi final.
Geraldine O’Hanrahan’s currently sit in fifth place thanks to a better scoring difference than Réalt na Mara – a draw or a win will guarantee the New Ross side Intermediate ‘A’ football next season.
In Group B, Monageer-Boolavogue and Fr. O’Regan’s Craanford are qualified for the quarter finals in first and second place respectively. St. John’s Volunteers are also guaranteed a quarter final berth in either third or fourth place. Kilrush, Glynn-Barntown and Cloughbawn all have the possibility of qualifying for a quarter final or ending up in a relegation final.
There is a possibility in this group of having four teams on four points each, which would put Glynn-Barntown and St. John’s Volunteers through to the quarter finals and see Kilrush or Cloughbawn facing a relegation final. In such a situation, Glynn-Barntown and St. John’s Volunteers would be separated for third and fourth place by total scoring difference. Likewise, total scoring difference would be used to separate Kilrush and Cloughbawn between fifth place and the relegation final.
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In Group A, Sarsfields, Oylegate-Glenbrien, Kilanerin and Buffers Alley are all qualified for the quarter finals with placings to be determined on Sunday with throw-ins at 12pm. Oylegate-Glenbrien play Sarsfields to determine first and second and Kilanerin face Buffers Alley to settle third and fourth place.
Gusserane O’Rahilly’s and Starlights clash to determine who goes to the relegation final.
Starlights must win to avoid the relegation final while a win or a draw will be sufficient for Gusserane O’Rahilly’s – by virtue of Starlights having given a walkover in Round 2, they will be ranked lower than Gusserane O’Rahilly’s should both teams finish on equal points. It should also be noted that Buffers Alley were the beneficiaries of Starlights’ walkover – any ties on points with Buffers Alley may be impacted as a result.
In Group B, St. Brigid’s Blackwater have secured first place with Castletown and St. Anne’s Rathangan guaranteed a quarter final place. St. Martin’s can avoid relegation if they beat Our Lady’s Island and Naomh Éanna lose to Castletown. While Naomh Éanna defeated St. Martin’s in Round 4, in the event of both teams finishing on two points, Naomh Éanna will be ranked below St. Martin’s as a result of having given a walkover in Round 1.
Our Lady’s Island have their fate in their own hands and a win or a draw to will provide them with a berth in the quarter finals. Should they lose, they need Castletown to defeat or draw with Naomh Éanna in order to qualify for the quarter finals. It should also be noted that St. Anne’s Rathangan were the beneficiaries of Naomh Éanna’s walkover – any ties on points with St. Anne’s Rathangan may be impacted as a result.
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In Group A, Marshalstown-Castledockrell, Ferns St. Aidan’s, Oulart-The Ballagh and HWH Bunclody will be in the quarter finals. Their placings will be determined on Sunday afternoon with HWH Bunclody playing Oulart-The Ballagh and Marshalstown-Castledockrell facing Ferns St. Aidans.
At the bottom of the group, Shamrocks have been disqualified for having given two walkovers and will now face either Ballyhogue or Rathgarogue-Cushinstown in the relegation final.
Should there be ties elsewhere in the league table for this group, they may be impacted as a result of the walkovers given by Shamrocks.
In Group B, Davidstown-Courtnacuddy top the table and are guaranteed to finish in first place irrespective of results in Round 5 following their win over Shelmalier in Round 4. Shelmalier, St. Abban’s Adamstown and Glynn-Barntown will join them in the quarter finals with their final placing to be determined on Sunday.
Ballyhogue play off against Rathgarogue-Cushinstown to avoid the relegation final. With their slight advantage on scoring difference, a win or draw for Ballyhogue will see them play Junior A football again next year.