Malahide keep up hot pace
Leinster Club Rugby
Malahide and Enniscorthy continue to set a scorching pace at the top of Division 1A of the Leinster League as both clubs recorded their third four-try bonus point win of the season on Saturday, while Dundalk and De La Salle Palmerston picked up important wins on the road.
Malahide continued their flying start to life in the top tier as they beat Monkstown 49-3 at home in Estuary Road.
The north county Dublin club led 25-3 at half-time with tries from centres Marc Hewitt and Ciaran Clifford and winger Darragh Sweeney.
Sweeney added the bonus point try soon after the resumption before a late blitz of tries from full-back Dave Mongan, flanker John Shine and replacement Eoin Crowley.
Enniscorthy won 33-3 at Kilkenny to match Malahide's maximum haul of 15 points but trail the Dubliners on points difference.
Early tries for winger Hugh O'Neill and centre Killian Lett helped the visitors to a 13-0 half-time lead.
Hooker David Murphy added another five-pointer early in the second half before O'Neill grabbed the crucial fourth try and Lett added a late score.
Dundalk have bounced back strongly following their opening-day loss in Enniscorthy and they recorded their second win on the bounce away with a 24-19 victory at Gorey, thanks to a try just past the hour mark by No 8 David Whately.
Whately had scored a try late in the first half which along with 11 points from the boot of full-back Ultan Murphy had edged Dundalk 16-14 ahead at the interval.
De La Salle Palmerston won 20-6 at Ashbourne 20-6 - their first victory of the campaign consigned their winless hosts to the basement.
The hosts led 6-3 at the break but tries from full-back Avon Lewis and second-row Keith Taite secured victory for DLSP.
In Division 1B Clondalkin are the early table toppers after beating Coolmine 19-14, while Tullow beat Portlaoise 26-13 away in Togher to record their second win to lie in second place.
Edenderry full-back Shane Cummins scored a last-minute winning penalty goal to topple hosts Newbridge 22-20 at Rosetown and make it two from two for the leaders in Division 2A, while Cill Dara won 18-12 against Roscrea.
New Ross have maximum points in Division 2B after winning 64-12 in Ardee, while Athy's 22-19 home win over Wexford Wanderers keeps them hot on the heels of the leaders.
In Division 3 Ratoath and RCSI have maximum points after home victories over Clane (74-7) and Swords (45-19) respectively.