While Railway Union took advantage of an Edenderry bye weekend to extend their lead at the top to eight this week, North Kildare’s promotion hopes received a boost off the field.
Union were comfortable winners at home to Athy taking the maximum points from the fixture thanks to a 29-7 home win over the Kildare side.
North Kildare’s clash with Swords was called off but a decision on Monday saw them gain two points in the table as a result of Arklow failing to fulfill their front row obligations in the November 25th 13-10 win away to North Kildare.
The Wicklow club have been on the up of late but that decision – which saw them lose two points – has certainly taken some of the gloss off their fine 27-13 win away to Athy on Sunday.
Pic: Railway Union website
Guinness 13, Arklow 27
Railway Union 29, Athy 7
Next Up – Sunday (2:00)
North Kildare v Railway Union
Key game in the promotion race. North Kildare lost by twelve when they visited Park Avenue earlier in the year but are not beyond causing an upset here yet the defeat at home to Arklow has stalled their good momentum. The two points gained back from that game are a small boost but they really need a big scalp.
Railway were pipped at home to Edenderry and have reacted well with last week’s win but having one game in three weeks must have been frustrating. There is a strong consensus that this league is a two horse race which will be decided when they visit the Offaly town’s home venue but this game could change that if they don’t win.
Away by 4
Arklow v Swords
It was tough break for an improving Arklow this week losing the points as they did, their play off hopes were always a long shot and won’t be completely over after a bonus point win here against struggling Swords.
Home by 16
Athy v Edenderry
Bit of a test here for Edenderry who earlier in the season drew with their south Kildare opponents and wouldn’t want to take this trip as a straight forward. However since beating Railway they have accounted for Arklow and Guinness in fine style so no reason to expect them to slow.
Away by 6
Arlow deducted two points for not fulfilling front row obligations on 25th November v North Kildare who were awarded two points.