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Sunday 20 January 2019

High-flying Enniscorthy due visit from Garda after Dundalk raid!

By Dermot O'Mahony

The Leinster League Division 1A kicked off last Saturday with three away teams recording victories, while there was also a trio of teams that picked up valuable four-try bonus points.

Skerries were impressive in dispatching Tullamore 32-9 at home with blind side flanker Chris Wilkinson, veteran centre Ed Carraher, out-half Dave Hewitt and young winger Kevin McGrath scoring the tries that gave the Holmpatrick club the perfect start to what they hope will be a successful League campaign.

Newbridge travelled to Westmanstown and came home with a 35-26 win against new boys Garda.

Winger Dave Hogan was the star as he scored three tries but it was centre Peadar Downey who delivered the priceless fourth try just five minutes from time.

The big surprise was promoted Enniscorthy's 34-11 mauling of Towns Cup champions Dundalk in Louth.

Centre Shane McGuire netted himself a pair of touchdowns while out-half Ivan Poole and No6 Tony Ryan each crossed the whitewash to reward the visitors with maximum points for a share of top.

The final game also threw up a surprise as many pundits' fancy, Coolmine, were beaten 15-9 at home by Monkstown, the Dublin 4 side reversing a heavy Spencer Cup defeat at the hands of the west Dubliners.



Relegated

Loose head prop James Clifford and scrum half Dave Morris scored the all-important tries as Monkstown got a great start to a campaign that commences with two away fixtures (Saturday's game was originally fixed for Sydney Parade but because of cricket commitments the game was moved to Coolmine in a swap with the return game in December).

Tomorrow Monkstown travel to Tullamore with the home side under pressure to win.

Coolmine will try to make home advantage pay when they welcome Dundalk, themselves badly stung by their stunning loss last week.

A high scoring affair would appear to be on the cards when Skerries travel to Newbridge while Enniscorthy host Garda in a clash of two promoted clubs.

The remaining four Divisions in the Leinster League get under way this weekend and first into action are Ashbourne and Cill Dara in Division 1B tomorrow afternoon when the relegated Kildare town club debuts against the promoted county Meath outfit.

On Sunday it's a similar battle as promoted Clondalkin host relegated Co Carlow while the remaining Division 1B games include promoted Longford at home to Portlaoise and Wicklow having to travel to Tullow.

The two promoted teams are at home in Division 2A with Malahide taking on Clane and North Kildare entertaining relegated Portarlington.

The other relegated clubs are both on the road as New Ross travel to Kilkenny and West Offaly Lions make the short journey from Ferbane to Roscrea.



INTENSE

Division 2B kicks off tomorrow evening with the visit of Gorey to Mullingar while on Sunday Edenderry host Athy, Balbriggan entertain Wexford Wanderers and Swords welcome Railway Union.

Finally the action in Division 3 is all on Sunday and features a pair of games in Dublin with Guinness at home to Rathdrum while Tallaght make their debut in the Leinster League when Midland Warriors are their visitors to Tymon Park; in the day's final game North Meath make the trip to Arklow. It's now all systems go for another season of intense Leinster League action.

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