Saturday 21 September 2019

Leinster trio in mix for national honours in Cup semi-finals

The Leinster League Division 1A teams had the weekend off and most are now inactive until the New Year but three teams, Enniscorthy, Wicklow and Ashbourne, are involved in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Junior Cup tomorrow afternoon.’ Stock photo: Sportsfile
The Leinster League Division 1A teams had the weekend off and most are now inactive until the New Year but three teams, Enniscorthy, Wicklow and Ashbourne, are involved in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Junior Cup tomorrow afternoon.’ Stock photo: Sportsfile

Dermot O'Mahony

The Leinster League Division 1A teams had the weekend off and most are now inactive until the New Year but three teams, Enniscorthy, Wicklow and Ashbourne, are involved in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Junior Cup tomorrow afternoon.

Division 1A leaders and two-time Junior Cup winners Enniscorthy will have home advantage at the penultimate stage of the national tournament, a mere three weeks after beating Wicklow 30-18 at the same venue in the Leinster League.

Ashbourne are bidding for an unprecedented three Junior Cup titles in a row and they welcome Clonmel to their Milltown House home hoping to repeat their 22-13 success at the quarter-final stage a year ago against the same opponents at the same venue.

The draw for the Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup is also on tomorrow afternoon in Lansdowne Rugby Club and the afore mentioned trio have been awarded byes through to the second round with the remaining 26 entries hoping for a good cup run.

There was plenty of Leinster League action elsewhere over the weekend with Suttonians regaining the lead in Division 1B on Sunday when, despite being pushed all the way at bottom club North Kildare they eventually prevailed 29-22, while leaders Longford went down 31-12 away at Co Carlow.

Suttonians lead on 37 points while Longford are second on 32 with Monkstown, who have won five on the bounce, a point further back after their 13-10 win on Friday night away at De La Salle Palmerston.

In Sunday's remaining Division 1B encounter, Tullow got over the line 33-27 with maximum points in a ding dong thriller at Coolmine and are three points adrift of Monkstown in fourth.

Division 2A is extremely topsy turvy and particularly tight with Portlaoise becoming the fourth team in recent weeks to ascend to the summit.

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