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Sunday 19 August 2018

Early leaders Enniscorthy and Newbridge to collide

ENNISCORTHY and Newbridge are the somewhat surprising early leaders of the Leinster League Division 1A following the first two rounds of games and tomorrow evening in Rosetown they go head to head.

In a battle of a pair of newly promoted clubs, Enniscorthy backed up their opening day win in Dundalk with a convincing 29-8 victory over Garda last Saturday at home in Ross Road. Full-back Ross Barbour was the star for the Slaneysiders as he bagged a hat-trick of tries.

The game of the day was the clash between Newbridge and Skerries in Rosetown, where the hosts picked up another five-point maximum haul with a 36-25 victory. The Newbridge try-scorers were wingers Padraig Mahon and Dave Hogan, full-back Robbie Watters, lock forward Colin O'Brien and out-half Harry Murphy.



Condemning

Coolmine recovered from their opening day loss against Monkstown by condemning visitors Dundalk to a second defeat in a row on a 19-10 scoreline. Scrum-half Liam Power, centre Conor Hayes and his midfield partner Ruairi Farrell (pictured) got the tries in a 19-10 victory.

Tullamore also got their campaign back on track with a maiden victory as they edged past Monkstown 10-5 at home in Spollenstown.

Winger Rory Deverell's early try proved to be the crucial score as the county Offaly club held on with some stoic defending.

With the Newbridge v Enniscorthy fixture not kicking off until 7pm tomorrow, other teams have a chance to make up ground earlier in the day.

Tullamore travel to Dundalk in a repeat of last season's Towns Cup final, with the hosts under intense pressure to record their first league win.

Coolmine will fancy their chances in Westmanstown, where they face winless neighbours Garda, while Monkstown and Skerries will both be keen to bounce back from defeat when they clash in Sydney Parade.

A most unique occurrence happened when Division 1B got underway last weekend; all four games were decided by six points.

It means that Cill Dara, Co Carlow, Tullow and Longford are all joint top on four points, while in joint fifth (or joint last!), on one point, are Clondalkin, Ashbourne, Portlaoise and Wicklow.

Co Carlow host Longford in Oak Park on Sunday, while Ashbourne travel to Wicklow.

The other games in Division 1B feature Clondalkin's visit to Cill Dara as well as Portlaoise hosting Tullow.

Malahide, Kilkenny and Roscrea all enjoyed good home wins to kick start Division 2A, while Portarlington were the only away winners in North Kildare.



Journey

Tomorrow afternoon Roscrea travel to Portarlington, while on Sunday West Offaly Lions host Malahide, New Ross welcome North Kildare and Kilkenny make the trip to Clane.

No more than four points settled all four games in Division 2B, leaving Balbriggan, Athy, Mullingar and Railway Union all tied at the top.

On Sunday, Railway Union host Edenderry, Swords make the journey to Gorey, Mullingar have even further to travel to take on Wexford Wanderers and Athy are at home to Balbriggan.

Arklow, Guinness and Tallaght all recorded opening day victories in Division 3 last weekend and on Sunday, Guinness head west to play Midland Warriors, Tallaght travel to Kells to tackle North Meath and Rathdrum host Birr. Arklow are idle.

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