Leinster Div 2a – Railway Extend Lead



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

The Table

1Railway Union760117475994028
4North Kildare631211978414018

Arlow deducted two points for not fulfilling front row obligations on 25th November v North Kildare who were awarded two points.




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7 Responses to “Leinster Div 2a – Railway Extend Lead”

  1. Jim says:

    Bit early to be putting these teams in 2A ;)

  2. Blunt Sword says:

    Interesting to see how Railway Union get on with promotion. Very average team, more suited to social rugby I think.

  3. Jim says:

    Poor wum in fairness, you can only be judged on the league you are in and we are doing well enough in that.

    While we have areas we need to improve nobody in our league would consider us average compared to the other teams in it.

    Average compared to teams in higher divisions and higher leagues perhaps but no point in measuring us against them.

  4. Railway Choo Choo! says:

    I’m a Railway man and I can tell you nobody thinking past next game. Promotion far to early to say for any team! We’ve done well but have gotten out of jail more than once and the loss to Edenderry heartbreaking but probably justified. Edenderry gameplan simple and great kicker. Each team will fancy their chances against us as stated above we need to work in certain areas. Interesting league and this weekend will just be another game.

  5. bish bosh says:

    Saw a few a minutes of the last athy v railway game. Different pack than I’ve seen on the road. Front row was mobile,light , but very effective. Back line are individualy very good, but delivery was slow. If you make a mistake they’ll pounce on it . The only weakness I can see is ability to tactically kick and string passes together out wide

  6. BlueArmy says:

    I still think it will be a 2 horse race with a lot coming down to bonus points and that big match in Edenderry vs Railway.

    This weekend Arklow will get a full 5 points at Swords. Edenderry will win in Athy but I think Athy will deny them the bonus. Railway to win in NK but I can’t see them getting a bonus, will finish with a score in it.

  7. Lummix says:

    Having been around this level for years I can easily say this is the most competitive league I have seen. It is a very high standard of teams for the level it is. Having watched all the teams railway have the most strings to their bow, arklow & north kildare are inconsistent and My advice to anyone playing edenderry is kick them into the corners. They have a good pack and fly half but have limited backline so if you pin them back in their half they’ll struggle to get points, saying that edenderry are still a bloody good team and very effective at what they do


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