Leinster Div 1b – Tullow Clear

Tullow

Tullow extended their lead to ten points at the top of the pile in Division 1b at the weekend despite coming close once more to losing thier unbeaten record in a 5-3 victory over Wicklow.

Having stormed through the opening six rounds recent performances show Tullow have the resilience to go with the dominance and for now at least they seem uncatchable.

Part of the reason for that feeling is that no side has emerged to really challenge, just when we thought Monkstown would be a force having drawn at Black Gates, they slipped up on Friday in Ashbourne.

The battle for second has the potential to be dramatic with six teams seperated by just eight points.

County Carlow are now certainties for the drop after a heavy loss in Longford. The men in black and navy secured a bonus point to pull themselves out of the bottom two.

Ashbourne’s heroic win wasn’t enough tos top them slipping back then while Portarlington and Wicklow lost ground as well.

The big movers in the division are Clondalkin who are up to third in the table after a strong performance in a win over Portarlington. They sit just three points behind Monkstown. All to play for.

Results
Clondalkin 13, Portarlington 6 (Write a Knocket)
Longford 26, Co Carlow 5 (Write a Knocket)
Tullow 5, Wicklow 3 (Write a Knocket)
Ashbourne 18, Monkstown 15 (Write a Knocket)

The Table

PTeamPWDLFADBP
1Tullow871021893125434
2Monkstown85121309733224
3Clondalkin85031311229121
4Wicklow841315412232321
5Portarlington8305153175-22517
6Longford830515512728517
7Ashbourne8314110137-27216
8Co Carlow800874252-17811
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4 Responses to “Leinster Div 1b – Tullow Clear”

  1. Not taken says:

    Just and observation, Longford play in black and white, there’s no navy in the strip.

  2. Dub says:

    Tullow got out of jail at home to Wicklow on Sunday to clinch the league. No one will catch them now. Wicklow will be kicking themselves. They battered Tullow up and down the pitch in the second half but couldnt convert any of their several scoring chances.Tullow defended superbly and destroyed a 5M Wicklow scrum deep in injury time. Wicklow need to be more accurate and patient. They have left 6 points behind them at Tullow and Monkstown that could well prove very costly at the end of the season. Despite this, with Monkstown and Clondalkin both having to travel to Ashtown Lane in the New Year I think Wicklow will finish in second place in the league (injury permitting)I also think they would be capable of overturning Cill Dara in a play off situation.
    Tullow have done very well this season but will need to recruit a little to strengthen the squad ahead of life in division 1A. They have a couple of older lads in the pack that will struggle against better teams.

    As for next week. Tullow should win in a tight game in Portarlington, Monkstown will beat Longford by a score or two. Wicklow should scrape by over an improving Ashbourne and Clondalkin should get the win away to a Carlow side resigned to life in div 2B.

    • Rug A says:

      We haven’t hit the Xmas break and you have already assumed Wicklow will not only take 2nd spot but, have predicted a win over their yet to be decided 1A competition? Having seen the 2nd place side (monkstown) lose to 2nd from bottom side (ashbourne) it is clear to see this league is too tight to call and anyone can beat anyone on their day. I think your predictions are massively premature. Also, are Carlow going to leap frog 2A straight into 2B? The poor ba****ds, lol

      I think Monkstown have the experience and the history to make the climb back into 1A, they will beat Tullow at home on the last day of the season but it may well count for nothing by then, indeed the journey to Wicklow will be tough but that loss last week will have stung. Clondalkin seem to be making moves and after this weekend I expect to see everyone in the same place that they are in now. The new year is when you can sit up and start to write potential scripts Dub, not now.

  3. Bob says:

    Wicklow played well at the weekend, but if last year is anything to go by, the second half of the season is a completely different ball game and to predict Wicklow coming second already is a little much. Everyone has played each other now and there will be no surprises, teams will be going out with better game plans and they will know how to win those close games.
    If i’m honest Wicklow probably deserved the win at the weekend but they just don’t seem to have that clinical edge. The league is only warming up if you ask me and anyone could emerge to take second spot.

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