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D'Arcy's late drive derails Newbridge

IT was very much a case of the late, late show at the summit of the Leinster League Division 1A last weekend, as leading duo Newbridge and Skerries were toppled by last-minute tries.

There was also a changing of the guard in three of the five divisions, as a trio of south-east clubs bounded clear.

Second-half tries by winger Dave Hogan, No8 Ronan Mangan and centre Ben Swindlehurst appeared to have secured the points for Newbridge at home to Garda in Rosetown, as the hosts came from 15-9 behind at the interval to hold a six-point lead.

But Garda prop Dan D'Arcy capitalised on a Newbridge error and struck for the decisive touchdown, allowing centre Paddy O'Toole to kick the winning conversion.

The 29-28 defeat for the hosts put their top spot in jeopardy, but second placed Skerries, who had led 8-0 at the break, found themselves under intense pressure in Tullamore and conceded a penalty try, allowing out-half Aaron Deverell to kick the winning conversion for a 10-8 victory that, coupled with the Newbridge loss, has blown the league wide open.


Enniscorthy took full advantage by running in six tries in a 41-9 home victory over now-bottom side Dundalk.

Coolmine eased their relegation worries with a 16-15 win in Monkstown, where the last-minute drama continued with a missed conversion by the hosts that would have won the game.

Centre Barry Lynn kicked the winning penalty in a 24-21 home success over Tullow that vaulted Wicklow to the top of Division 1B.

They replaced Cill Dara, who went down 13-8 to Ashbourne.

Portarlington made it eight wins out of eight in Division 2A when crushing North Kildare 46-10 at home in Lea Road, but second-placed Roscrea maintained the pressure at the top with a 26-6 win in Ferbane against the West Offaly Lions.

Gorey hammered leaders Mullingar 38-0 at home in Clonattin to top Division 2B.

And Arklow became the third new leader from the south east over the weekend, with their 33-13 away win at North Meath.

The Women's Leinster League 3 and 4 finals take place at Newbridge RFC on Saturday. In Division 3, Edenderry play New Ross and, in Division 4, Kilkenny take on Co Carlow. The action kicks off at 1pm with the Division 4 final, with the Division 3 final starting at 2pm. All are welcome at Rosetown. Contact Lorna on (086-2323344) for more information.