Monday 23 September 2019

Ashbourne beat the elements to maintain drive for Cup hat-trick

Leinster League Round-up

Ashbourne qualified for the final of next month's All-Ireland Junior Cup when they beat Clonmel 25-5 at home in Milltown House on Saturday but the other semi-final featuring Wicklow's visit to Enniscorthy was postponed due to waterlogged pitches at Ross Road. Stock image
Ashbourne qualified for the final of next month's All-Ireland Junior Cup when they beat Clonmel 25-5 at home in Milltown House on Saturday but the other semi-final featuring Wicklow's visit to Enniscorthy was postponed due to waterlogged pitches at Ross Road. Stock image

Dermot O'Mahony

Ashbourne qualified for the final of next month's All-Ireland Junior Cup when they beat Clonmel 25-5 at home in Milltown House on Saturday but the other semi-final featuring Wicklow's visit to Enniscorthy was postponed due to waterlogged pitches at Ross Road.

Second-row forward Ciaran Roche scored an early try for the hosts on an atrociously wet and windy day and centre Mark Rooney touched down for another midway through the first half as the home side built a 15-5 interval advantage.

Midway through the second period, replacement back-row forward Jake Wall benefited from avaricious Ashbourne ball retention as he stretched the lead with their third try before winger Matt Connolly completed the scoring with a late try to seal a place in the final as last season's Leinster League Division 1A champions chase a third All-Ireland Junior Cup title in a row.

The Enniscorthy v Wicklow semi-final has been refixed for tomorrow afternoon. In the event of the pitches again being unplayable at the Wexford venue, the game will be moved to Ashtown Lane, Wicklow's home ground.

Switched There were only two rearranged fixtures played last Sunday: Cill Dara travelled to New Ross and won 27-19 to join Portlaoise and Clondalkin on 31 points at the top of Division 2A, while Roscrea maintained their third position in Division 3 after they won 35-17 away against Swords in a game that was switched late to Energia Park.

With the Leinster League now in abeyance until the first weekend in January, the Area finals will take centre stage over the holiday period.

Enniscorthy and Wicklow meet in the South East J1 League Final a week after they lock horns in the All-Ireland Junior Cup semi, while in the North Midland Area tomorrow week's Hosie Cup Final between Naas and Newbridge will be played in Portlaoise. The Midlands Area has organised a finals festival in Tullamore where the centrepiece will be the Chris Glennon Cup Final between Longford and Edenderry while Midland Warriors will play Tullamore in the Midlands Plate Final and it'll be Birr v Roscrea in the Bowl Final.

A quick look at the five divisions as they go into Christmas hibernation sees Enniscorthy nine points clear of Gorey in Division 1A, Suttonians five points ahead of Longford in Division 1B, Portlaoise leading Division 2A, Edenderry two points up on Balbriggan in Division 2B while Ardee enjoy a three-point advantage over North Meath and Roscrea in Division 3.

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