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Tullamore take five to go seven clear at top

Tullamore extended their lead at the top of the Leinster League Division 1A to seven points following an impressive 32-20 home defeat of pre-season league favourites Enniscorthy last Saturday.

Three first-half tries scored by full-back Brian Geraghty, centre Ivor Scully and second row David Milne helped the home side into a 20-8 interval lead.

It was more of the same after the break with out-half Aaron Deverell and centre David Clavin touching down within 10 minutes of the restart to not only ensure the victory but to also gather another five-point haul, a feat the pacesetters have now managed on five out of six attempts.

The visitors managed a pair of late tries but this failed to mask the complete authority wielded by the County Offaly side who will now prepare for their visit to second-placed Newbridge on Saturday week.

The County Kildare club managed to hang on to the shirt tails of the leaders as they eked out a narrow 13-11 win away to Dundalk in Mill Road.

It was a first ever Leinster League victory for Newbridge at the County Louth venue with a pair of tries from prolific scoring winger Padraig Mahon being the key to the visitors collecting the four points.

After a tight first half, full-back Karl Darragh's penalty goal on the hour created a significant two-score buffer that provided enough of a safeguard to allow Newbridge to survive a late Dundalk surge.

Wanderers appear to have eventually found their feet following last season's traumatic relegation from the AIL, as they convincingly beat Cill Dara 33-10, securing a bonus point with the final play of the game.

And in the remaining contest it was further gloom for relegation haunted Garda, as they lost 52-0 at home in Westmanstown to neighbours Coolmine.


Tullow maintained their unbeaten record in Division 1B with a 23-0 home victory over Clondalkin while their great rivals Co Carlow lost 35-0 in Wicklow. The two teams go head to head in Oak Park on Sunday.

Kilkenny extended their lead in Division 2A by five points following their 35-14 win in Portlaoise.

They face Roscrea on Sunday.

Railway Union lost their unbeaten record in an agonising 22-21 defeat to Edenderry and now face a tricky clash against Guinness on Sunday.

In Division 3A, Wexford Wanderers won the top-of-the-table clash in Birr to vault to the summit and are at home to North Meath on Sunday.