| 6.5°C Dublin

High-flying Newbridge are brought down to earth by Geraghty in thriller with Tullamore

THE highly competitive nature of the Leinster League was clearly demonstrated over the weekend when a couple of unbeaten records were ended, while some of the top versus bottom clashes were particularly close.

Runaway Division 1A leaders Newbridge were brought down to earth with a bang when full-back Brian Geraghty grabbed a late winning try for lowly Tullamore, as the visitors to Rosetown emerged with a precious 19-18 victory.

No 8 Adrian Hanley had nudged Tullamore 14-10 ahead with a try just before the interval that added to out-half John Moloney's three earlier penalty goals.

And wingers Dave Hogan and Pádraig Mahon scored tries in each half for the hosts who, despite this setback, still maintain a healthy five-point lead.

Tullamore's win moves them out of the relegation play-off spot and they are now a reasonably comfortable five points clear of bottom side Garda.

Skerries were the main beneficiaries of Newbridge's loss, as they consolidated second place with a 33-12 success in Dundalk, the losers dropping into the relegation play-off position.

The visitors shot out of the traps and had bagged three tries by the half-hour mark.


With a four-try bonus point looking like a foregone conclusion, the hosts rallied and prevented Skerries from adding to their try haul, limiting them to four penalty goals by centre Conal Keane to go along with his three conversions.

Enniscorthy recovered from their mini slide to beat Coolmine 22-20 at home and move to third.

A couple of tries from No8 Tony Ryan, along with four penalty goals by out-half Ivan Poole, were enough to ensure victory for the hosts.

Monkstown complete the top four after their successful foray to Westmanstown, where they won 6-0 on the back of a penalty from centre Michael O'Flaherty and a drop goal by out-half Gareth Williams.

County Carlow returned to the top of Division 1A, as they became the first side in the division to notch a four-try bonus point when they won 24-18 in Portlaoise.

Cill Dara dropped to second spot after third-placed Wicklow put in a sterling defensive effort to earn a 19-6 victory.

Out-half Colm Glynn proved the difference in Longford's 9-8 win over visiting Ashbourne, converting three penalty goals to see the side he also coaches squeeze home.

Portarlington stretched their lead over second-placed Malahide to two points after securing a bonus point in their 24-7 home win against New Ross.

Malahide came up a try short of maintaining the status quo in their 23-13 victory at winless North Kildare, while Clane picked up a bonus point to steer clear of the relegation zone after their 29-7 victory at West Offaly Lions. In the remaining game, Roscrea beat Kilkenny 13-6 to remain third, one place ahead of their visitors.

Mullingar are in control of Division 2B after a 26-21 home victory last Friday night against Edenderry, but Athy have laid down a challenge after a 35-3 victory away at Railway Union, and have leapfrogged the Sandymount club into second.


Elsewhere, fourth-placed Gorey added to bottom club Wexford Wanderers' woes with a 21-3 home win, while Balbriggan edged Swords 9-7 away to remain fifth.

Division 3 leaders Guinness drew at second-placed Arklow in a 9-9 tussle, while Rathdrum earned a bonus point in a 32-5 away win over Midland Warriors.

There are three rearranged games down for decision on Sunday, with Clondalkin heading to Tullow in Division 1B, New Ross hosting the West Offaly Lions in Division 2A, and Tallaght entertaining Birr in Division 3.