Big games ahead in Division 1A of the Leinster League
February 27, 2015 12:00 am client
The penultimate series of games in Division 1A of the Leinster League takes place tomorrow afternoon with everything still to play for…
The penultimate series of games in Division 1A of the Leinster League takes place tomorrow afternoon and as yet nothing has been decided at either end of the table, while the Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup is almost down the last eight after the weekend’s action.
The reason for the “almost” is that the Tullamore v Portlaoise 2nd round tie last Sunday was a victim of the inclement weather and it has been rescheduled for this evening at 8:00 pm in Spollenstown.
Holders Ashbourne fell at the first hurdle in their defence of the Towns Cup when they lost 25-14 away in Ross Road against Enniscorthy last Sunday.
The visitors could never overcome a slow start and found themselves 15-3 down at the interval and despite having the strong wind at their backs for the second half they could never get close enough to trouble the 2012 champions.
And speaking of 2012 it will be a repeat of that final when Enniscorthy visit Black Gates in the quarter final after Tullow travelled to Longford and won 15-8 at CPL Park.
Flanker Aidan Murphy scored the first half try that helped the county Carlow club into a 10-3 lead at the break and with the rain hammering down on the resumption the visitors quickly extended their lead with lock forward Erin Ingles touching down, which despite a late surge from the hosts ensured their quarter final place.
There was a strong fightback in Lea Road where the home side Portarlington twice came from behind to beat Navan 20-13.
The home side trailed by ten points early in the game but a try just before half time from second row Conor Dunne and a second shortly after the restart by hooker Colm Dowling levelled matters but they were still in arrears when out half Stephen Mulhall kicked the equalising penalty goal just before scoring the game winning try that he also converted five minutes from the end.
Port now make the long journey up to Dundalk to face the inform Division 1A leaders who dispatched the Wicklow challenge 19-0 at home in Mill Road with their tries coming from winger Ultan Murphy and a pair from full back Stephen McGee.
Last year’s runners up Kilkenny marched on to the quarter final as they convincingly beat their south east neighbours New Ross 32-6 at home in Foulkstown and they will enjoy home advantage in the next round when they host Skerries who were 23-7 winners at home in Holmpatrick over Newbridge.
Finally Clondalkin had to come from behind late in their pulsating tie at home in Kingswood against Gorey with tries from winger Niall Nolan, No 8 Simon King and centre Matt Stapleton helping them to a 22-15 victory and they will now play the winners of the Tullamore v Portlaoise clash in the 3rd round.
Dundalk will expect to extract maximum points when they host Coolmine Division 1A tomorrow where defeat will consign the west Dubliners to automatic relegation.
Ashbourne will be hoping for a repeat of their Towns Cup success when they welcome Ashbourne back to Ross Road for the second time in six days as the county Wexford club attempts to maintain the 3-point deficit to the leaders ahead of their final day showdown a week later.
There is a major 3-way battle to avoid the relegation playoff spot and the big clash tomorrow in that fight is the visit of Cill Dara to Clondalkin with both clubs one point clear of Suttonians, the occupier of that seventh place who travel to Sydney Parade to play third placed Monkstown.