Friday 15 December 2017

Boyne bidding to bring 'Bridge down

Last Saturday Boyne took the most significant step to date towards securing their first Leinster League Division 1A title with a thumping four-try 33-9 home victory over their county Louth rivals, and previous league leaders, Dundalk.

The Drogheda club have now opened up a four-point gap at the top. And while there are still 10 games and 50 potential points up for grabs it is hard, even at this early stage, to look past the two-time Towns Cup winners as they continue to justify their position as title favourites.

Boyne travel to Newbridge tomorrow for a mouth-watering clash between two in-form sides.

The new boys travelled across the Curragh and demolished neighbours Cill Dara 30-0. Cill Dara, league winners as recently as 2007-08, now find themselves two points adrift at the bottom and tomorrow they head to Coolmine, the team immediately above them.

The west Dublin club picked up a bonus point when losing 27-23 in Tullamore at the weekend and will be keen to keep the Kildare town side below them before the two-week mini break that follows tomorrow's action.

Tullamore moved four points clear of last spot after picking up their maiden win and they will be anxious to back it up when they travel to Co Carlow. The Carlovians sneaked past Skerries 23-22 in Holmpatrick, a victory that moves them up to third.

The final game in Division 1A is in Mill Road where hosts Dundalk and Skerries attempt to get their faltering title campaigns back on track.

Action resumes in Division 1B on Sunday after a week of rest and leaders Enniscorthy will face a tricky examination in Portlaoise.

The game of the day, however, promises to be in Sydney Parade as fourth-placed Monkstown welcome unbeaten second placed Garda.

Wicklow have moved stealthily into third and their visit to New Ross will be a severe test of their elevated status.

There was one game in Division 2 last weekend in which Clondalkin beat Ashbourne 14-10 to move into second behind Longford in the table.

The leaders will be fancied to dispose of Roscrea at home on Sunday while Clane will be keen to leapfrog into the runner-up position when they make the short journey to Edenderry.

In Division 3 Athy look to have all but sewn up a Section 'A' slot in Phase 2 as they are unbeaten in Pool 1 while Railway Union, North Meath and IT Carlow appear on target for the two other qualifying places.

Malahide top Pool 2 with North Kildare and Balbriggan favourites to join them in Section 'A' ahead of Swords.

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