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Bonus ball puts Boyne on brink of promotion

Boyne are a mere five points away from securing a first-ever Leinster League Division 1A title and with it automatic promotion to the Ulster Bank League (AIL) following their bonus-point 38-6 home win against Newbridge last Saturday.

Yet again the weather had an impact with three matches in the Leinster League called off, including the relegation games involving second-last Co Carlow at Tullamore and bottom side Cill Dara's home game with Coolmine.

Boyne turned on the style in Shamrock Lodge and now need just five points to wrap up the title (or a simple win if Dundalk fail to pick up maximum points in Newbridge). They will be hoping to complete the job when they host Tullamore tomorrow. Skerries scored an impressive 25-0 win against Dundalk last weekend and will be anxious to maintain that when they travel to Cill Dara tomorrow, while Co Carlow travel to Coolmine.

Garda maintained their 10-point lead over Enniscorthy in Division 1B as the pair enjoyed home bonus-point wins over the third and fourth placed sides. The three teams fighting for the coveted third spot, Monkstown, Portlaoise and Tullow, all play each other over the coming weeks starting with Portlaoise at home to Monkstown on Sunday. Tullow face a tough test in Enniscorthy while the West Offaly Lions could be relegated if they lose in New Ross. Wicklow host Portarlington.

Longford continue at the head of affairs in Division 2 but face a tough challenge in Kilkenny on Sunday.

Malahide, the runaway leaders in Division 3 Section 'A', have the weekend off, giving their nearest challengers North Kildare and Athy (who played out a 10-10 draw last week) a chance to close the gap at the top with home games against IT Carlow and Railway Union respectively.

In Section 'B', leaders Swords host bottom club Rathdrum while second-placed Arklow make the long journey to Birr.