Division 1b – All Sunday 2pm
Ashbourne v Tullow
This should be straight forward for a Tullow side that remain unbeaten and on a high after their South East Cup triumph over Enniscorthy but you get the feeling it could prove challenging all the same.
Ashbourne at home remain capable of upsets. Despite sitting in second bottom, they are yet to loose at their Meath venue, having drawn with Wicklow and beaten Monkstown, Carlow and Longford.
Away by 7
Clondalkin v Monkstown
Hope you’ve been paying attention down the back because Clondakin are one of the form teams in the province and up to second in the Division. Four wins on the bounce has them flying. Ashbourne, Longford, Portarlington and Carlow all beaten.
Monkstown by contrast haven fallen off the wagon since their uplifting draw with Tullow away. Defeat at Ashbourne and a big loss at home to Longford have them scrambling on the edge of the race for second. Another loss here could be vital.
Home by 2
Longford v Wicklow
The midlanders started well then faded considerably but just before the break they won two on the bounce picking up bonus points for good measure. The 31-15 win in Monkstown was particularly impressive but the neutrals remain on the fence, awaiting this encounter probably.
Wicklow will be a tough test. They lost 5-3 in Tullow at the start of last month but made amends with an eleven point home win over Ashbourne to hold onto third. This is a real test of their ability to get back into the play off spot they held last season.
Home by 5
Portarlington v Co Carlow
Hard to look past the home side here although Port’s form is poor of late. In face ever since we caught them beating Longford in the last minute in November, things have stalled with defeats in Wicklow and Clondalkin and a heavy loss at home to Tullow.
Carlow are done at this stage and very much preparing for next season and trying to finish the season on some sort of a high. This is an away fixture they’ll hope to compete well in.
Home by 15.