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Cill Dara and Carlow battle relegation

Many issues were decided in the Leinster League last weekend, particularly in Division 1B with Garda winning the title, Enniscorthy accompanying them up to the top flight by finishing second and Monkstown securing the promotion playoff spot.

In Division 1A, Newbridge secured their future for another season in the province's premier league, leaving Cill Dara and Co Carlow in a battle to avoid the automatic relegation place.

Newbridge beat visitors Skerries 34-30 in a thriller at Rosetown, the four-try bonus point meaning that they still retain an outside chance of pipping Tullamore for fifth spot and the final All-Ireland Junior Cup qualifying place along with Dundalk, Skerries and Coolmine.

Cill Dara turned the form book on its head by doing what they've been threatening to do since Christmas, which is giving some team a hammering.

Their six-try 41-17 demolition of Tullamore at home in Beechpark has vaulted them two points clear of Co Carlow, who now occupy the basement spot after they lost 31-20 in Dundalk.

With the final round of games on Sunday, Cill Dara head to champions elect Boyne while Co Carlow host Newbridge in a must-win game for the Carlovians if they are to avoid a second successive relegation.

The Drogheda-based, AIL-bound club has a host of day-long festivities planned to celebrate its elevation to Senior status and, with the added edge of a relegation threatened opponent to contend with, it promises to be quite some day.

Garda and Enniscorthy are now celebrating promotion from Division 1B following successful campaigns in which both clubs have been in the driving seat since the League commenced back in September.

Garda secured the Divisional title when they beat visitors New Ross 57-9, a result that also pushes the Wexford club close to the brink of relegation while Enniscorthy had a much tougher encounter against Wicklow before emerging with a 15-12 victory.

New Ross must beat Tullow at home to avoid being relegated automatically; if this happens Portarlington will be in the relegation playoff regardless of the outcome of their visit to neighbours Portlaoise.

West Offaly Lions have been relegated after a tough debut season in the Leinster League and they may find the going more to their liking in Division 2 next season.

Longford bounced back from last week's home loss to Ashbourne by winning 19-10 in Gorey and, with two games to play, they've tightened their grip on the title as they continue to lead by eight points.

Second-placed Clondalkin hammered relegated bottom side Wexford Wanderers 74-7 at home and host Clane in a catch-up fixture on Sunday, the result of which could move the hosts closer to the leaders or propel their visitors to within touching distance of a promotion playoff spot.

Mullingar lost 22-27 at home to Clane last weekend and must win at home to Kilkenny to avoid being relegated.

In Division 3 Section 'A' the top two clash when leaders Malahide, needing two points to clinch the crown, journey to North Kildare. In Section 'B' pacesetters Swords travel to Moate to play Midland Warriors while Arklow entertain Guinness.