Railway keep up pursuit of Clontarf for Leinster title

Clontarf and Railway Union took another step closer to what looks set to be a final day showdown for the men’s Leinster Division One title.

Tarf had the trickier task in horrible conditions at Portrane as the wind made things difficult for any major fluidity for either side.

Portrane took the lead in the first quarter with a low Chris Neville drag flick; Kevin Mullins equalised from a high reverse following a counter attack just before half-time.

And the Bulls moved into the lead when Davyn Keuter scoring his 18th goal of the campaign via a corner goal in the final quarter. Kevin Murray’s tap-in in the closing minutes sealed the win.

Railway Union kept up their pursuit of Clontarf with a 5-1 win at Santry.

Michael McKenzie’s hat trick – bringing his season’s total to 11 in the league – and a double from Michael Fulham saw Railway Union win early on Saturday against Dublin University in the Santry sun.

It leaves Railway six points back but with a game in hand with the final game potentially pivotal in deciding who wins the Leinster crown.

Rathgar moved up to third with a comfortable 5-0 win over Bray with Andy Malcolm scoring two first half goals to set them on their way.

Dublin North moved up to sixth place as Shane Dempsey scored a corner in dead time to defeat Kilkenny 3-2 at the NSC.

Dempsey and Adrian Sweeney put them 2-0 up in the second quarter and they held that lead until eight minutes to go when Eddie Dore scored two in three minutes.

But North regathered their thoughts and finished strong with Dempsey’s low flick carrying the day.

Avoca defeated Weston 3-1 and sit in fifth place with the gap between the top and bottom half of the table now up to 12 points.

Men

Leinster Division 1: Avoca 3 (J Elmes 2, E Goode) Weston 1 (E Ryan); Dublin North 3 (S Dempsey 2, A Sweeney) Kilkenny 2 (E Dore 2); Dublin University 1 Railway Union 5 (M McKenzie 3, M Fulham 2); Portrane 1 (C Neville) Clontarf 3 (K Mullins, K Murray, D Keuter); Rathgar 5 (A Malcolm 2, A White, S Malcolm, G Prendergast) Bray 0

Munster Senior Cup, semi-finals

Postponed: UCC v Cork Harlequins, Bandon v Cork C of I

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