Sunday 25 August 2019

Boyne take senior step forward

congratulations to Boyne on their magnificent achievement in winning a first Leinster League Division 1A title.

They secured a four-try bonus point in beating Tullamore 34-14 at home on Saturday and that point pushed them beyond the reach of the chasing pack.

They will now progress automatically to the senior ranks and will play in the revised Ulster Bank League Division 2B next season.

The champions can celebrate this week as they have the weekend off, while there are three rearranged games in Division 1A including Newbridge against Dundalk tonight (KO: 8.15pm), a game that fell victim to the freezing weather last Saturday.

Of the other games that went ahead, Skerries pipped relegation-threatened Cill Dara 29-28 in a seven-try thriller at Beechpark and in the process moved up to second place.

Coolmine scored seven tries in condemning Co Carlow to the bottom of the table as they won 49-8, cementing fourth place in the process.

On Sunday, Cill Dara host Coolmine with the former looking for valuable points in their quest to escape relegation. Co Carlow travel to Tullamore and will also hope to pick up points against a home team that hasn't fired on all cylinders recently.

Even by having the weekend off Garda's position at the top of Division 1B strengthened when their nearest challengers Enniscorthy lost 16-14 at home to Tullow.

With five games to play the leaders need just three more wins to secure the title, but one of their tough tests will come on Sunday when they travel to in-form Tullow.

Enniscorthy, who are still six points clear of the pack in second, will try to bounce back in Portarlington.

Monkstown will reclaim third place if they win at home against relegation-haunted New Ross, while West Offaly Lions will be relegated if they lose at home to Wicklow.

A last-minute converted try saved leaders Longford's bacon in Kilkenny on Sunday when they eked out a 13-13 draw that saw their lead at the top of Division 2 reduced to six points.

Ashbourne remain second following their 16-3 win in Mullingar while Clondalkin stay in third position.

Longford welcome Edenderry on Sunday, Ashbourne have the weekend off, while Clondalkin host Clane.

North Kildare beat IT Carlow at home, while Athy had a bonus point home win against Railway Union in a pair of Division 3 Section "A" catch-up games as they both chase Malahide.

The six teams in Section "A" now have a free weekend, while only Birr host North Meath in a Section "B" rearranged fixture. Swords continued their winning ways at the head of affairs in this section.

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