Wexford boys stay in touch
Malahide continued to set a scorching hot pace at the top of Division 1A of the Leinster League as they hammered Dundalk last Saturday but second-placed Enniscorthy matched their maximum haul as they managed to hang on to the leaders' coat tails in a scintillating contest at De La Salle Palmerston.
There was second round action in the revived Leinster Senior Cup with Greystones producing a major upset last Friday night as they knocked out Old Wesley in a thriller at Dr Hickey Park to advance to the penultimate stage where they are joined by Ulster Bank League Division 1A heavyweights Old Belvedere, Lansdowne and Dublin University.
Full-back Barry Lynn, flanker Alan Dempsey together with wingers Jack Keating and Paudie Geoghegan scored first-half tries that helped the Wicklow seasiders into a 29-21 interval lead before further touchdowns from hooker Mike Lea and Keating helped the Division 2B club outslug their Division 1B visitors 39-35 in an 11-try feast.
Their reward is a home semi-final against Old Belvedere (on a date to be decided as both are in All-Ireland action tomorrow) who beat UCD 26-12 at home in Anglesea Road on Sunday, while Lansdowne, 33-15 winners away at Terenure College, will host Dublin University in the other semi-final tomorrow at Lansdowne Road after the students won 24-19 at MU Barnhall.
The game of the day in the Leinster League was Enniscorthy's 40-32 win at Kirwan Park as the Wexford club bagged six tries to stay within four points of the leaders. Winger Ivan Jacob scored a pair of tries and replacement winger Hughie O'Neill added another just before the break as the visitors established a 22-11 half-time lead.
Even though prop Tony White, second-row Tomas Stamp and O'Neill added further tries, it was a late penalty goal from the boot of out-half Ivan Poole that sealed the deal in the 10-try thriller.
Ten tries were run in by Malahide at Estuary Road as they demolished their visitors Dundalk 70-12 and remarkably all ten were converted by out-half Conal Keane. Centre Ciaran Clifford and winger Gary Robb notched a pair apiece while flanker John Shine, scrum-half Hugo Nolan, full-back Dave Mongan, winger Marcus McAllister and replacement scrum-half Darragh Sweeney completed the scoring surge.
Monkstown grabbed a precious 18-14 come-from-behind win in Ashbourne to move off the bottom of the table with tries from winger Bill Connors and lock forward Mick Carroll helping to get the Dublin 4 club over the line.
Gorey beat Kilkenny 20-3 at home in Clonattin with David Shannon and Stephen Dukes scoring the tries for the red hot hosts (unbeaten in their last five games) who condemned their visitors to the basement.