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Leinster Rugby and Ireland fan Jeremy Simpson, from Marlborough, New Zeland, with Lorraine Murphy, from Edenderry, Co Offaly, in Perth. Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Leinster Rugby and Ireland fan Jeremy Simpson, from Marlborough, New Zeland, with Lorraine Murphy, from Edenderry, Co Offaly, in Perth. Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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Leinster supporter supporter Ciara Coglan, from Rathoath, Co. Meath, at the Stadio Comunale Di Monigo before the Treviso game. Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Leinster supporter supporter Ciara Coglan, from Rathoath, Co. Meath, at the Stadio Comunale Di Monigo before the Treviso game. Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

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Leinster Rugby and Ireland fan Jeremy Simpson, from Marlborough, New Zeland, with Lorraine Murphy, from Edenderry, Co Offaly, in Perth. Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Dundalk advanced to the All-Ireland Junior Cup semi-finals but they are the only Leinster club to make it that far following the elimination of holders Enniscorthy and Coolmine on Saturday.

Leaders of Division 1A of the Leinster League, Dundalk travelled to their Munster counterparts Newcastle West and won 24-10; they join three Ulster clubs in December's penultimate stage.

Prop forward Jonny Gray scored a try that combined with out-half Ultan Murphy's pair of penalties helped the Louth side into an 11-3 half-time lead.

AUTHORITY

Despite playing against the wind in the second half an early touchdown from scrum-half Thomas Campbell helped the visitors to assert their authority, and when Murphy bagged another brace of drop-goals it was left to the home side to round off the scoring with a late consolation try.

Enniscorthy were beaten 14-10 away to Bangor, and having led 10-7 at the interval the county Wexford club will be disappointed to bow out without having added to their tally after the break.

Coolmine enjoyed an early 10-0 advantage at home against CIYMS from Belfast but faded after half-time, eventually losing 18-13.

Tomorrow the most significant match of the Division 1A season to date takes place when Dundalk welcome second-placed Enniscorthy to Mill Road and will attempt to stretch their five-point lead at the top of the table.

The other games all have relegation connotations with Cill Dara away to Monkstown at Sydney Parade, Clondalkin hosting last placed Coolmine at Kingswood and Ashbourne entertaining Suttonians at Milltown House.

There is a battle royal at the top of Division 1B with a mere two points separating Gorey and Tullow from both Malahide and Kilkenny - all four leading protagonists won their fixtures last Sunday.

No 8 Jeff Dunne and flanker Jordan Ahern helped Gorey into a 12-10 half-time lead against Co Carlow at home in Clonattin but with it wasn't until the final ten minutes that the home side ran in three tries from Ahern, full-back Brandon Spears and wing-forward Killian Breen to win 34-13.

Tullow kept pace with Gorey at the head of affairs when they got maximum points in a 26-8 away win at Rosetown against Newbridge.

Lock forward Erin Inglis and fly-half Willie Canavan scored the tries that helped the visitors into a 14-5 lead at the break before winger Davie Moran touched down.

Then a late try by No 8 Willie O'Brien delivered the bonus point.

Malahide won 24-22 away at Ashtown Lane against Wicklow but like Kilkenny in winning 15-10 away at CPL Park against Longford neither title contender was able to snag the extra point.

The big Division 1B game on Sunday is at Foulkstown where Kilkenny will host Tullow, while Gorey are at home to Newbridge and Malahide travel to Longford.

In Division 2A, leaders Mullingar won 62-5 away at Westmanstown against Garda while closest challengers North Kildare remained a single point behind as they also picked up a bonus point in beating Railway Union 41-10 away at Park Avenue.

On Sunday the top two go head to head at Mullingar's home grounds in Cullion.

Irish Independent