Tullamore to resume title quest at Cill Dara
THE Leinster League resumes tomorrow with a full programme of games in Division 1A while with one exception action in the other four divisions gets going on Sunday.
Tullamore have been most impressive in establishing an 11-point lead in Division 1A, losing only once on their seemingly relentless march to the title and ultimately an assault on the Ulster Bank League (AIL).
Tomorrow evening they should continue in that unstoppable vein when they travel to Beechpark to take on Cill Dara, who may well benefit from a competitive fixture last Sunday when they lost 9-3 to Newbridge in the Hosie Cup Final.
Even so only one result seems likely with the league leaders possessing too much firepower for the team struggling in the relegation playoff spot.
Newbridge regained second place when they brushed aside Garda 67-6 in a rearranged fixture before Christmas and with the added boost of their Hosie Cup success they will be confident of reversing the narrow early season loss at Enniscorthy when the Co Wexford club visit Rosetown.
Enniscorthy lost the South East League final 14-11 to Tullow and that game should help shake off the cobwebs but they may not be able to overturn the hosts.
Wanderers welcome Coolmine to Lansdowne Road while Garda, who have long been consigned to last place and relegation, travel to Dundalk where victory should be a formality for the hosts.
In Division 1B Tullow have opened up a 13-point lead and, boosted by their South East League final success, will aim to extend their unbeaten run of eight wins and a draw at Ashbourne on Sunday.
There is an unmerciful battle going on behind Tullow for the promotion playoff spot and on Sunday second-placed Clondalkin host fourth-placed Monkstown while fifth-placed Longford face Wicklow, the club lying third.
At the other end of the table, relegation condemned Co Carlow travel to Portarlington.
The tightest Division is 2A, where Malahide are level with Kilkenny with the Dubliners ahead courtesy of their better record in the head to head clashes between the pair.
On Sunday Malahide face Portlaoise and Kilkenny are at Clane with third-placed Gorey playing in the only Saturday game outside the top league, against Mullingar.
Railway Union should capture maximum points in Division 2B at home to Swords on Sunday as second-placed North Kildare travel to Edenderry.
In Division 3 second-placed Birr have the chance to eat into Wexford Wanderers' nine-point lead when they play a local derby against West Offaly Lions.