Tuesday 17 January 2017

Rampant Malahide pull clear

Dermot O'Mahony

Published 28/10/2016 | 02:30

De La Salle Palmerston moved up to third place after they thumped basement boys Monkstown 43-14 at home (Stock photo: PA)
De La Salle Palmerston moved up to third place after they thumped basement boys Monkstown 43-14 at home (Stock photo: PA)

It's taken five series of games but eventually there is separation at the top of the Leinster League Division 1A table as Malahide picked up another bonus point win to move one point clear of holders Enniscorthy.

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The north county Dubliners hammered Kilkenny 60-5 at home on Saturday, with three tries from second-row Leo Weiss, and one each from flanker Simon Kinsella, centre Marc Hewitt, full-back Dave Mongan, flanker John Shine, winger Darragh Sweeney, No 8 Chris O'Brien and replacement out-half Brendan Carpenter.

Enniscorthy edged local rivals Gorey 15-13 at Clonattin; while failing to match strides with Malahide, they'll be grateful to have picked up the victory in such a tight encounter.

The visitors did all their scoring in the first half, with winger Ivan Jacob and No 8 Nick Doyle getting tries, and Ivan Poole kicking five points as they led 15-6 at the interval.

Gorey pulled back an try early in the second half, but David Shannon's conversion was the final score of a tense contest between the province's top two teams from last season.

De La Salle Palmerston moved up to third place after they thumped basement boys Monkstown 43-14 at home.

Tries from centre Avon Lewis and lock Ronan Costelloe helped the hosts into a 12-0 half-time lead but Monkstown fought back to score a pair of tries sandwiched around winger Dave Beagon's five-pointer early in the second half.

DLSP, however, finished like a train with a quartet of touchdowns from Cian O'Rourke, Andrew Norton (two) and Beagon.

Ashbourne squeezed past Dundalk 19-18 at home to move up to fifth, a point and a place behind their vanquished visitors. No 8 Simon Deevy scored a try in each half for the Meath club, who led 14-8 at half-time - his second touchdown proved crucial as the visitors launched a late surge that just came up short.

Tullow continue to lead Division 1B after they won 24-18 at Clondalkin.

Cill Dara beat Newbridge 25-14 at home to stay top of Division 2A, New Ross remain as Division 2B pacesetters after their 37-7 win over Birr at home, while Ratoath lead Division 3 after beating North Meath 25-15 at home.

With no Leinster League action this weekend, the All-Ireland Junior Cup takes centre stage tomorrow and four Leinster clubs are in first-round action: champions Enniscorthy host NUI Galway, Gorey are at home to Galbally, Ashbourne are away in Westport while De La Salle Palmerston are also on the road in Clonmel.

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