Sunday 23 April 2017

Wexford boys stay in touch

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 Stock photo: Getty
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 Stock photo: Getty

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.

Irish Independent

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