Enniscorthy take huge step towards title
Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30
There was Leinster League success last weekend for Malahide, who won the Division 1B title, Roscrea, who emerged victorious in Division 2B, and Arklow, who secured the Division 3 crown.
Meanwhile, Enniscorthy edged one point clear of Gorey as the final series of games in Division 1A looms large tomorrow.
Malahide only needed a point at home in their penultimate game at home to Coolmine on Saturday but wrapped up the pennant in style as they scored six tries in running out 36-5 winners.
Former Leinster Branch junior secretary and long-time stalwart Ray Campion, in whose honour the Division 1B trophy is named, was in attendance to present the silverware as the north County Dublin club can now look forward to their first ever taste of Division 1A rugby.
Roscrea, who were relegated from Division 2A last season, bounced back at the first time of asking and did so with a game to spare after they scored four tries in beating Wexford Wanderers 25-12 away at Park Lane.
Arklow were also in impressive try-scoring form at home in the Oval on Sunday when they ran in five tries as they beat Clane 36-18 and ended a 12-year drought by winning their first Branch pennant since their 2004 Provincial Towns Cup.
Enniscorthy hosted De La Salle Palmerston and after a slow start in which the visitors led by three points at the end of the first quarter the home side hit their straps before half-time, with tries from winger David O'Dwyer, No 8 Tom Ryan and full-back Ross Barbour establishing a 20-3 interval lead.
Winger Ivan Jacob bagged the bonus point try within a couple of minutes of the resumption before the sluice gates opened as further touchdowns from Ryan, O'Dwyer, Jacob and replacement out-half Jack Kelly helped Enniscorthy to run out 55-17 winners.
As a result of this victory, and Gorey's inability to garner a bonus point in their 19-12 win at Kilkenny, Enniscorthy only need a win at Monkstown tomorrow to win their first ever Leinster League Division 1A title.
Gorey trailed early at Foulkstown but a penalty try on the half-hour mark from a dominant scrum followed by a try for winger Shane O'Leary edged the visitors into a 12-5 half-time lead.
After Kilkenny drew level with a converted try just past the hour mark, flanker Jordan Aherne popped up with the winning score for the county Wexford club to keep them poised to pounce should their great rivals slip in Sydney Parade tomorrow.
Gorey's final game is at home against Clondalkin, who were condemned to the relegation play-off position after their 25-19 defeat by Ashbourne.
In the remaining Division 1A fixture Monkstown secured their top flight status with 39-5 victory away at already relegated Suttonians.
There is another exciting finale in store in Division 2A which will be decided on Sunday when Portlaoise, who lead by a solitary point, are away to Newbridge, while second placed Railway Union are at home to third placed Co Carlow, who in turn trail the pacesetters by four points.