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Deevy to fore for leaders

This season's Leinster League Division 1A is without doubt the most competitive it's been in many a year and after another intriguing series of games last Saturday, Ashbourne have stretched their lead at the top to five points. (stock picture)
This season's Leinster League Division 1A is without doubt the most competitive it's been in many a year and after another intriguing series of games last Saturday, Ashbourne have stretched their lead at the top to five points. (stock picture)

Dermot O'Mahony

This season's Leinster League Division 1A is without doubt the most competitive it's been in many a year and after another intriguing series of games last Saturday, Ashbourne have stretched their lead at the top to five points.

Ashbourne beat De La Salle Palmerston 42-13 at home in Milltown House with their late charge delivering another precious four-try bonus point.

When De La Salle Palmerston won the reverse fixture in mid-October they led Division 1A with four wins from four but Saturday's defeat was their seventh in succession since then and the Kilternan club is now embroiled in a relegation battle.

DLSP started the better and led 13-6 at the interval but they were undone by a five-try, second-half salvo from the hosts that was led by No 8 Simon Deevy, while there was one apiece for winger Colm Craigie, lock Sean Kent and replacement winger Casey Dunne.

Enniscorthy moved up to second place after their 20-12 win at home in Ross Road over Wicklow but their failure to garner a bonus point could come back to bite the County Wexford club.

Prop Tony White barged over for the opening try and full-back Richard Dunne put the finishing touches to a slick three-quarter line move that eased the home side into a 15-0, half-time lead.

When centre Ivan Poole scored his side's third try 10 minutes into the second half a bonus-point victory seemed inevitable but it was the visitors who dominated thereafter.

Dundalk were shocked at home in Mill Road by neighbours Boyne who returned to Drogheda with a 32-25 win that seriously damaged the hosts' title ambitions.

Dundalk seemed well on their way to retaining second place on the table when they led 17-3 at the interval but the visitors, badly in need of points to escape the relegation play-off spot. scored four second-half tries through winger Kevin McCleery(2), No 8 Karl Keogh, and a penalty try.

In the day's remaining game bottom club Monkstown beat Gorey 12-7 away in Clonattin as their mini revival continued with the gap to avoid the automatic drop now down to six points.

After a scoreless first half second-row Cameron Kenny opened the scoring just after the resumption with a try for the Dubliners and the victory was sealed when full-back Dan Costello's late touchdown proved a sufficient buffer to withstand Gorey's last-minute try.

There is a break in the Leinster League now for a month as attention switches to the Bank of Ireland Towns and Metropolitan Cups but there is one rearranged fixture tomorrow week when Enniscorthy travel to Boyne in a key encounter that has implications at both ends of the table.

Irish Independent

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