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Slick Skerries draw nearer to Newbridge

THE Leinster League has reached its halfway stage and the tight nature of the five competitive divisions is reflected by the fact that the largest lead is four points, the margin by which Portarlington lead second placed Roscrea in Division 2A.

Newbridge's once-commanding eight-point lead in Division 1A was trimmed to a single point when Skerries put on a seven-try master-class at Garda, while Newbridge were thwarted by an injury-time penalty goal as Dundalk snatched a 16-16 draw.

The north Dubliners' next two games before Christmas in Tullamore and at home to Newbridge will be pivotal in deciding the outcome of the title.

Dundalk moved off the bottom of the table (Garda are now in that unwanted position) with the draw that was secured with the last kick of the game.


It's an even tighter affair at the top of Division 1B as Wicklow have now joined Cill Dara at the summit following their four-try bonus point 27-17 home win against Longford.

Portarlington are the only club in the entire Leinster League to have won all their games to date, with a four-try bonus point 22-6 home win over Kilkenny on Saturday stretching their lead to four points. In Division 2B, leaders Mullingar returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 18-14 success in Railway Union and the Westmeath club now enjoy a three-point advantage over Athy and Gorey.

Division 3 leaders Guinness squeezed past Tallaght 24-23 away in Tymon Park but second-placed Arklow narrowed the gap to three points with a bonus point 33-9 home win over Midland Warriors.

There is a break in Leinster League action this weekend as three Leinster clubs are in action in the All Ireland Junior Cup second round tomorrow with Dundalk away in Coleraine, Tullamore heading to Belfast and Coolmine travelling to last season's runners up, Monivea.