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Sunday 23 November 2014

Tullamore take five to go seven clear at top

Tullamore extended their lead at the top of the Leinster League Division 1A to seven points following an impressive 32-20 home defeat of pre-season league favourites Enniscorthy last Saturday.

Three first-half tries scored by full-back Brian Geraghty, centre Ivor Scully and second row David Milne helped the home side into a 20-8 interval lead.

It was more of the same after the break with out-half Aaron Deverell and centre David Clavin touching down within 10 minutes of the restart to not only ensure the victory but to also gather another five-point haul, a feat the pacesetters have now managed on five out of six attempts.

The visitors managed a pair of late tries but this failed to mask the complete authority wielded by the County Offaly side who will now prepare for their visit to second-placed Newbridge on Saturday week.

The County Kildare club managed to hang on to the shirt tails of the leaders as they eked out a narrow 13-11 win away to Dundalk in Mill Road.

It was a first ever Leinster League victory for Newbridge at the County Louth venue with a pair of tries from prolific scoring winger Padraig Mahon being the key to the visitors collecting the four points.

After a tight first half, full-back Karl Darragh's penalty goal on the hour created a significant two-score buffer that provided enough of a safeguard to allow Newbridge to survive a late Dundalk surge.

Wanderers appear to have eventually found their feet following last season's traumatic relegation from the AIL, as they convincingly beat Cill Dara 33-10, securing a bonus point with the final play of the game.

And in the remaining contest it was further gloom for relegation haunted Garda, as they lost 52-0 at home in Westmanstown to neighbours Coolmine.



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Tullow maintained their unbeaten record in Division 1B with a 23-0 home victory over Clondalkin while their great rivals Co Carlow lost 35-0 in Wicklow. The two teams go head to head in Oak Park on Sunday.

Kilkenny extended their lead in Division 2A by five points following their 35-14 win in Portlaoise.

They face Roscrea on Sunday.

Railway Union lost their unbeaten record in an agonising 22-21 defeat to Edenderry and now face a tricky clash against Guinness on Sunday.

In Division 3A, Wexford Wanderers won the top-of-the-table clash in Birr to vault to the summit and are at home to North Meath on Sunday.

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