Dundalk seeking revenge
With the Christmas break over, action resumes this weekend in the Leinster League with a complete schedule across all five divisions.
The big game in Division 1A is tomorrow evening when leaders Ashbourne welcome third-placed Dundalk to Milltown House (KO 6.0pm) with only five points separating the two teams.
When they met at the end of September, Ashbourne staged the mother of all comebacks as they overcame a 20-point deficit inside the final ten minutes to emerge from Dundalk with a 33-32 victory, so tomorrow's encounter promises to be another high-octane battle.
On that same final Saturday in September, and after losing their opening two games, Enniscorthy picked up their first win of the campaign when beating Boyne 36-0 at home in Ross Road, and when they meet for the return clash tomorrow in Shamrock Lodge, the Wexford side has the chance to go top of the table, at least temporarily, as they seek their eighth win on the bounce since those early losses.
Fourth-placed De La Salle Palmerston have slipped alarmingly to five successive defeats having at one stage in October topped the table, and they will look to steady the ship when they welcome bottom side Monkstown to Kirwan Park, although they will be wary of the fact that the Dublin 4 side enjoyed their maiden league victory last time out when they beat Wicklow.
In the remaining fixture, Wicklow will be looking to complete the double over Gorey when they host the Wexford club at Ashtown Lane having won the away fixture 17-7 in September.
In Division 1B, Suttonians have moved to the summit where they are level on 35 points with Tullow but hold the tie-breaker edge on their Carlow rivals as a result of their better record in the two teams' head to head encounters.
When action resumes on Sunday, Suttonians host Coolmine while Tullow travel to Kilcock to take on North Kildare.
Kilkenny sit menacingly in third place only three points adrift of the lead and they host bottom-of-the-table Portlaoise at Foulkstown while Longford, a further three points in arrears in fourth spot, are away to Clondalkin at Gordon Park, Kingswood.