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'More the merrier as the midlanders run riot on Garda with 100-0 beating

WITH only four games played out of 14, Tullamore are beginning to look uncatchable as they've stretched their lead at the top of the Leinster League Division 1A to an impressive six points following a 100-0 home demolition of bottom side Garda on Saturday.

The somewhat surprising 13-6 defeat of nearest challengers Enniscorthy away in Merrion Road at the hands of Wanderers was the icing on the cake for the Co Offaly club as they set a record score for the top division of the Leinster League.

Tullamore ran in 16 tries, building up a 55-0 lead at half-time and they never took the foot off the pedal in sending out as strong a marker to date of their intentions to win the league for the first time ever.

The battle in Dublin 4 was much tighter as the home side edged the opening half 3-0 with out-half Tommy Nelson's penalty goal separating the sides at the interval.

On the resumption, Enniscorthy pivot Ivan Poole added a pair of penalty goals either side of a similar effort from Wanderers' hooker Henry Parker to set up a grandstand finish, and it was Parker who provided the telling score when he touched down in the corner with 10 minutes remaining before slotting the touchline conversion.

Newbridge moved up to third spot after a hard-earned local derby win in Beechpark when they travelled across The Curragh to beat rivals Cill Dara 23-15.

The home pack was dominant for long spells but the combination of the pacy visitors' back three as well as the dead-eye accurate boot of out-half Collie Sheridan proved to be the difference in a game where both sides scored two tries.

Dundalk recorded their third victory of the campaign when they beat visitors Coolmine 25-18 at Mill Road as out-half Jonathan Williams' late converted try was enough to get the Co Louth outfit over the line.

A pair of first-quarter tries from wing forward Stephen Martin and centre Afa Fa'atau were good enough to edge the hosts 12-10 in front at half-time, and in a ding-dong second half the scores were deadlocked at 18-18 when Williams delivered his late heroics.

Tullow are atop Division 1B with maximum points from two outings following their exciting 43-23 home win against Portarlington in which they bagged five tries.

Longford are second, a point adrift, after they won a defensive battle 9-3 in CPL Park while Clondalkin lie third, a further point back after a 22-0 home success over Co Carlow.

In Division 2A, Roscrea have full points from their opening two ties after they walloped Clane 62-12 at home, while Kilkenny are the only other side with a pair of victories following their 24-22 win in Gorey.

Arklow and Railway Union are level on nine points at the head of affairs in Division 2B after they won 25-0 away to Swords and 22-10 at home against North Kildare respectively, while Wexford Wanderers are the early pacesetters on full points in Division 3 after they won 57-7 at home against Tallaght.

Clubs in Division 1A get this weekend off but there is a complete programme of games throughout the other four Divisions.

Division 1B leaders Tullow will host Ashbourne, Division 2A pacesetters Roscrea are at home to New Ross, Railway Union have an opportunity to avail of Arklow's week off when they visit Swords in Division 2B, while the winner of the local derby between Birr and West Offaly will be atop the Division 3 table as Wexford Wanderers are idle.