Monday 27 January 2020

Front-runners Ashbourne out to maintain healthy lead at top of the table

Leinster League Round-up

Dundalk will be trying to arrest their recent slide when they host sixth-placed Gorey at Mill Road (stock photo)
Dundalk will be trying to arrest their recent slide when they host sixth-placed Gorey at Mill Road (stock photo)

Dermot O'Mahony

Rugby resumes in the province this weekend and there is a full programme of fixtures down for decision in the Leinster League.

Ashbourne lead Division 1A by 10 points and they will be keen to maintain their fine recent form when fifth-place Kilkenny head to Milltown House tomorrow.

Second-placed Suttonians are at home to Seapoint, who are involved in a battle to avoid relegation, while Bective Rangers, who are third, go to Ashtown Lane to take on bottom side Wicklow.

Dundalk will be trying to arrest their recent slide when they host sixth-placed Gorey at Mill Road.

In Division 1B, Monkstown enjoy a sizeable lead and the Dubliners could go a long way to wrapping up the title if they can beat Tullow at home on Sunday.

It's third versus fourth at CPL Park when Longford entertain Co Carlow, with both clubs scrapping for the promotion play-off second place. At the other end, two teams trying to avoid the relegation play-off spot clash at Silken Thomas Park, when seventh Cill Dara host Clondalkin in sixth.

Bottom side De La Salle Palmerston look consigned to relegation. They host Boyne, who are heavily involved in that scrap to avoid the relegation play-off.

Mullingar have a healthy eight-point lead in Division 2A and they are at home on Sunday against North Kildare, who are on the fringes of the promotion play-off in fourth. Second-placed Coolmine are at home to Wexford, Portlaoise are away at Newbridge, while Balbriggan travel to play bottom club Edenderry.

Three teams are locked together on 30 points at the top of Division 2B; leaders New Ross travel to Westmanstown to play Garda on Sunday, Arklow are at home against North Meath, Athy welcome Midland Warriors, while Birr, a close fourth, will be playing Railway Union away.

Finally, Roscrea lead Division 3 by five points and are at home to RCSI on Sunday, but second-place Portarlington have a game in hand and they host Athboy.

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