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Sunday 23 September 2018

Bouncing Boyne edge closer to trophy

Leaders Boyne put one hand on the Leinster League Division 1A trophy on Sunday when they made the short journey north to second-placed Dundalk and notched up a four-try bonus point in a 27-13 win.

The victory increases their lead to a massive 10 points although Dundalk, who remain in second spot, have played one game less.

The Drogheda club bagged a pair of first-half tries from out-half Brian Croke and centre Bevan Duffy (pictured). The five-point haul was completed with further touchdowns after the interval by prop forward John Kinsella and replacement back-row Ciaran Smith.

With four games remaining, it's hard to imagine that Boyne will slip up at this stage and they should move a step closer to the title when hosting Newbridge tomorrow.

Their visitors have struggled to regain the excellent form they were enjoying immediately prior to the cold snap and last Sunday they lost 24-15 at home in the Kildare derby to struggling Cill Dara.

Kildare have now bridged the gap to Co Carlow and they are both level at the bottom on 11 points following the Carlovians 27-19 home loss to Skerries. In the remaining game, Coolmine moved into the midtable comfort zone with a 39-12 hammering of Tullamore.

Coolmine travel to Beechpark to take on Cill Dara in a game between two sides displaying some confidence and it's likely to go right down to the wire.

Co Carlow travel to Tullamore and both sides will be looking to improve on their poor New Year form with the visitors badly needing to win after slipping back into relegation trouble.

In the remaining game the carrot for Skerries to beat visitors Dundalk will be not only revenge for an earlier one-point defeat but the opportunity to edge closer to the county Louth club's grip on the runners-up slot.

Garda maintained their inexorable march towards the Division 1B crown with a 31-7 win in Ferbane against the West Offaly Lions.

That lead increased to 10 points with third-placed Monkstown's 20-13 home victory over Enniscorthy, the team immediately above.

At the top of Division 2, Longford squeezed home 11-9 in their battle with Mullingar to maintain their five-point lead over Ashbourne, who won 9-5 in Gorey.

Longford make the long trek to Roscrea on Sunday while Ashbourne host Clondalkin, the team directly behind them (five points back but with two games in hand) in a massive promotion encounter.

In Division 3 Section A, leaders Malahide will be expected to continue on their winning ways at IT Carlow, while the Kildare derby between Athy and North Kildare should establish the winner in pole position for promotion.

In the final game, Railway Union host Balbriggan with the loser ending the day bottom.

In Division 3 Section B, Arklow host leaders Swords in a top-of-the-table clash, third-placed North Meath will hope to benefit by winning in Moate against Midland Warriors and fourth-placed Guinness will hope for similar fortune at home to Birr.

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