Malahide ended Kilkenny’s unbeaten run in Division 2a of Leinster Rugby’s Junior Leagues on Sunday with a 23-16 victory over the league leaders to pull within one point of the top.
The win in the rain at the seaside venue means that the title race is likely to stretch right into the spring with the two sides having split the points in their two meeting this season.
That opening day 13-6 win for Kilkenny is Malahide’s only defeat to date and Richard Evan’s side seem determined to keep the promotion push on track.
One other side remains very much in the race. Gorey have lost twice, to the top two sides by less than seven and are not gone just yet.
If anything they are picking up the pace and on Saturday evening they secured a bonus point home win over Clane under Lights.
Mullingar’s mid table safety is now assured after they won away to New Ross to make it four wins from eight this season on their return to the third tier.
Caption: Malahide’s huddle after Sunday’s Win. Pic: Malahide RFC Phots