Tuesday 21 November 2017

Leaders on bonus mission

Malahide welcome Monkstown to Estuary Road tomorrow. (Stock picture)
Malahide welcome Monkstown to Estuary Road tomorrow. (Stock picture)

The Leinster League resumes after the Christmas and New Year break with action in Division 1A tomorrow while the remaining four divisions will by and large recommence on Sunday. The Senior Cup is being revived this season and there are three first round ties down for decision tomorrow.

Division 1A leaders Malahide's somewhat surprising defeat to De La Salle Palmerston in the last series of games prior to Christmas, coupled with second-placed Enniscorthy's bonus point win against Ashbourne, has narrowed the gap at the top to three points.

Tomorrow Malahide host seventh-placed Monkstown at their Estuary Road base, while Enniscorthy are at home in Ross Road to last-placed Kilkenny and whereas both title contenders are expected to win the only real question to be answered is will they both secure bonus points?

Third-placed De La Salle Palmerston's league form has been inconsistent and they will hope to back up that win over Malahide with another tomorrow at home in Kirwan Park against an Ashbourne team anxious to stay clear of the relegation zone.

Two in-form teams will meet at Mill Road in tomorrow's remaining Division 1A fixture when fourth-placed Dundalk, winners of three on the trot, host fifth-placed Gorey.

In the Senior Cup tomorrow Ulster Bank League Division 1A champions Clontarf welcome Terenure College to Castle Avenue, and there is another all-Division 1A tie at Templeville Road where leaders Lansdowne are the visitors to play St Mary's College while it's David v Goliath at Kilbogget Park as Seapoint from Division 2C host UCD from the top tier.

Wicklow have powered 12 points clear in Division 1B of the Leinster League and they travel to Togher on Sunday to take on Portlaoise, while second-placed Tullow are also on the road as they face bottom side Mullingar in Shay Murtagh Park.

It's third v fourth at Gordon Park, Kingswood where Clondalkin welcome North Kildare, while Suttonians will be trying desperately to escape the relegation play-off position when they entertain Coolmine in a Dublin derby at JJ McDowell Memorial Grounds.

Division 2A pacesetters Cill Dara are in action tomorrow evening at home in Silken Thomas Park against sixth-placed Portarlington, while the following afternoon Longford, level on points with the Kildare town club but in second place as a result of having won a game less, will also enjoy the comforts of home when they play Edenderry at CPL Park.

Irish Independent

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