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Sizzling Newbridge peel away at summit

NEWBRIDGE opened up a staggering eight-point lead at the top of the Division 1A following their dramatic 12-9 win in Coolmine last Saturday evening.

The visitors trailed 9-0 with 15 minutes remaining, but a pair of tries from right-winger Dave Hogan, including a stunning individual effort, ensured that the Co Kildare club returned home in the strongest of positions.

Newbridge have amassed 19 points thus far, just one shy of the maximum from four games.

While they are unbeaten, every other team has lost at least twice. Skerries bounced back from a pair of losses with a 34-3 home win against Enniscorthy to move into second.

At the other end of the table, Garda got their first points of any hue with 16-12 victory in Tullamore, while Dundalk made it two wins in a row with a 20-9 success in Monkstown.

There is a break in Division 1A action again tomorrow as the All-Ireland Junior Cup first round takes centre stage and all four Leinster clubs have home ties.

The clash of the round would appear to be Monivea's visit to Skerries. Dundalk host Ballina, Tullamore welcome Kilfeacle and Coolmine make their debut in the competition at home to Tralee. Combatants in all other divisions of the Leinster League return to the fray over the weekend, with the top four teams in Division 1B featuring in probably the two biggest games in the league.

Leaders Co Carlow are at home to Wicklow on Sunday, while Tullow travel to Cill Dara.


Ashbourne host Portlaoise as both sides strive for their first win while in the remaining game Longford travel to Clondalkin, both sides having recorded a win apiece thus far.

There are two games in Division 2A tomorrow with Malahide hosting Portarlington at 5pm in a big first v second battle, while Kilkenny welcome winless North Kildare to Foulkstown at 4pm. On Sunday, New Ross host West Offaly Lions, still without a point, while Clane will try to move away from the bottom half against third-placed Roscrea.

Second-placed Railway Union kick off proceedings in Division 2B tomorrow in Wexford against the local Wanderers at 7pm, while the following day leaders Mullingar face a tricky looking trip to Balbriggan.

The other games on Sunday feature Edenderry v Gorey and Athy at home to Swords.

Guinness have won all their three matches in Division 3 and welcome North Meath to the Iveagh Grounds on Sunday afternoon; second-placed Arklow travel to Birr and Rathdrum take on Tallaght at home.