Dundalk and Enniscorthy continued their relentless march towards a final day showdown in Division 1A of the Leinster League with impressive away victories on Saturday while Suttonians won the big relegation battle to inch clear of the basement slot.

Dundalk and Enniscorthy continued their relentless march towards a final day showdown in Division 1A of the Leinster League with impressive away victories on Saturday while Suttonians won the big relegation battle to inch clear of the basement slot.
Suttonians trailed their visitors Coolmine by three points in last place at the start of the day’s play at the JJ McDowell Memorial Grounds but after an 18-8 victory the Dublin northsiders had edged a precious point clear of their west city rivals. And with the three teams immediately above them also losing, and failing to pick up any bonus points it was a huge day for the club striving hard to avoid a second relegation in a row following last year’s drop out of the Ulster Bank League (AIL).
Centre Daragh O’Shea’s try midway through the opening period helped the home side into an 8-5 lead at the interval and it wasn’t until the dying moments of the game that loose head prop Adrian Hoary’s touchdown sealed the win and in the process denied the visitors the consolation of a bonus point, dropping them into last place.
Leaders Dundalk travelled to Clondalkin and emerged from Gordon Park with a 43-19 win that included six tries while second-placed Enniscorthy matched strides with the county Louth club by scoring five tries as they beat Cill Dara 31-5 away in Beechpark.
Scrum half Thomas Campbell and No 8 James McConnon each recorded a brace of touchdown’s for Dundalk who led 22-9 at half time while out half Jonathan Williams and replacement winger Owen McNally completed the try scoring for the table toppers who maintained their three point advantage over Enniscorthy.
The county Wexford club came shooting out of the blocks in Cill Dara and led 17-0 at the break thanks to tries from full back Paul Bolger, flanker Tom Ryan and veteran lock forward Declan O’Brien.
Out half Killian Lett snared the bonus point with a five-pointer soon after the resumption before winger Hughie O’Neill completed a good day at the office for the visitors with Enniscorthy’s fifth try.
In the day’s other game third-placed Monkstown would appear to have ensured their Division 1A status for next season with a 28-14 home win at Sydney Parade against sixth-placed Ashbourne as second row Jaco Jacobs, tight head prop Cian Carroll and wing forward Brian Flaherty scored the tries that delivered the win.
Tomorrow Dundalk welcome Monkstown to Mill Road while Enniscorthy are at home in Ross Road against Coolmine; escaping the relegation mire will be uppermost on the minds of the combatants in the remaining encounters as Clondalkin host Suttonians and Cill Dara travel to Ashbourne.
In Division 1B both leaders Kilkenny and second-placed Gorey enjoyed bonus point wins last weekend; 27-15 away to Newbridge and 24-0 at home over Longford respectively.
On Sunday they face off in the game of the weekend at Foulkstown with the hosts enjoying a 2-point advantage at the top; the importance of this game cannot be overstated as there are only two games remaining thereafter.
North Kildare still enjoy a 3-point lead over Mullingar in Division 2A, Edenderry with a massive 15-point lead in Division 2B will win the league this Sunday if they beat Athboy at home against while Wexford Wanderers have joined Balbriggan as joint leaders of Division 3.