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Kilkenny led Dundalk by a point heading into the last day and matched the club from the Wee County by beating Suttonians 28-7 in Foulkstown to move up to fifth (stock photo)

Kilkenny led Dundalk by a point heading into the last day and matched the club from the Wee County by beating Suttonians 28-7 in Foulkstown to move up to fifth (stock photo)

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Kilkenny led Dundalk by a point heading into the last day and matched the club from the Wee County by beating Suttonians 28-7 in Foulkstown to move up to fifth (stock photo)

Dundalk finished in seventh place in Division 1A of the Leinster League and despite beating already relegated Wicklow 27-3 at home, securing a bonus point in the process, they will now be involved with the runners-up of Division 1B in a promotion/relegation play-off.

They went into an early lead via Robert Williams' try and with Patrick Reilly adding another, they built a 15-3 half-time advantage.

Wicklow battled after the break, but failed to get any return on the scoreboard and the hosts sealed the deal with tries from Conor Williams and Derek Williams.

Kilkenny led Dundalk by a point heading into the last day and matched the club from the Wee County by beating Suttonians 28-7 in Foulkstown to move up to fifth.

Kilkenny built a half-time 28-0 lead, with Jack Walsh dotting down for two tries, while Simon O'Shea and Gary Dunne added one apiece.

Seapoint beat Bective Rangers 19-0 to not only secure their Division 1A status, but they also finished fourth to capture an All-Ireland Junior Cup berth next season.

Champions Ashbourne were beaten 43-28 away by Gorey, who climbed to second place as a result of their seven-try win, but finished 13 points adrift of their visitors, who can now focus on the Energia All-Ireland League Round Robin.

In Division 1B, Tullow regained second spot with a 48-10 home win over Clondalkin, but Longford's game against league winners Monkstown was postponed.

Roscrea are favourites to win Division 3 following their 62-0 win in Ardee and they have opened up a four-point lead over second-placed Portarlington.

The Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup takes centre stage this weekend as the first round gets underway on Sunday.

Holders Enniscorthy will have their second XV in action following their promotion to the AIL last season and they will be at home to Portlaoise, while the draw for the second round will be held in Arklow Rugby Club after they host Skerries at the Oval.

Irish Independent