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With the league leaders Seapoint winning earlier in the day the pressure was on the second and third placed teams to stay in touch in this game played on Saturday night in Spollenstown. Boyne were dealt a blow before kick off when player coach Craig McGrath failed to come through the warm up with an injury. His young replacement, Shane Campbell, had a fine game. Tullamore too, had their injury problems with four first choice players unavailable.
Match report to follow
Boyne had Tipperary side, Kilfeacle & Distict RFC as first time visitors to Shamrock Lodge on Saturday last in the first round of the AIB All Ireland junior cup. The visitors were an unknown entity to Craig McGrath and his squad and with eyes on full fitness for next weeks hugely important tie against Tullamore, McGrath rested no less than five of his first team squad. There was a new look to the side with Conor Walsh moving into the 2nd row and two new back row players getting a start, John Carlos and Ceclan Moore.
Another win for Boyne which keeps them in touch with league toppers Tullamore. A severe cross pitch wind was always going to dictate tactical proceedings and limited the amount of free flowing rugby, nevertheless a good tough contest between two well matched teams ensued. Boyne played against the wind in the first half and held Skerries to a 3-14 halftime score. Boynes only score coming off the boot of Al Mac after a brillant hit by captain Mickey Maher directly from the Kick off after Skerries try.
Quite a large crowd turned out for this league encounter between north east neighbours Boyne and Skerries at Shamrock Lodge last Saturday. It was a tough battle and the forwards from both sides will have felt the effects of their efforts on Sunday morning. The reason for this was the gale force wind that blew down the pitch from the Moneymore end making it virtually impossible to play any sort of open football. The simple task of transferring the ball from one player to a colleague was nigh impossible.
Boyne's luck finally ran out in Sydney Parade on Saturday as they suffered their first league defeat to a defiant Monkstown side. Boyne have being unable to kill off teams all season and had this game in the bag after a third try in the 17th minute of the 2nd half by the returning Nial Carolan put them 23 10 infront in what had being a see saw battle till that point. However a few rash decisions and a lack of composure allowed Monstown in for 2 converted tries in the last twenty minutes to snatch victry and leave Boyne with a losing bonus point to ease their woes.
Boyne travelled to Sydney Parade for this League game with Monkstown last Saturday and were determined to shake off the effects of their previous encounters at this venue. There was also a more important reason to do well, with the Dublin 4 side breathing down their necks at the top of the league table. Boyne were at full strength, with the exception of their winger, Brian Howell, who became a father during the course of this match when his son Sean was born. Conditions could not have been better for the game with a slight breeze blowing down the pitch into the Sandymount end of the ground.
A third win on the bounce for Boyne 2nds but surely another cats life is gone with this one. Boyne lead 5-0 at half time courtesy of a Michael Maher try and looked in full control after a 2nd try mid way through the 2nd half. Young Frodo Cambell caught the Cill Dara winger out of position with a beautiful chip and Conor Duff touched down in the corner ; Mac Enenany converted. MacEnenany was unlucky with a 40m Penalty kick which came off the post on 60mins and boyne struggled to get out of their own 22 for the remainder of the half.
Boyne entered their third game of this league with another home encounter at Shamrock Lodge against Cill Dara last Saturday. The moderate weather that preceded this match cetainly changed on Saturday and a very strong and cool breeze blowing up the pitch from the Moneymore end left matters difficult for both teams to manage. Boyne played with the advantage of the elements in the first half and as a result had the larger share of possession. They were almost in for a try on the 3rd minute when following good work by their forwards they unleashed their backs 40 mts from the Cill Dara posts.
Boyne made it 2 from 2 for the league season with a good win over Seapoint in the lodge on Saturday. A number of injuries to the front row forced last minute changes but this wasnt refected in the early play with Boyne racing to a comfortable 13-3 half time lead courtesy of tries by new man Neil Hayden and a super team try finished off by Conor Duff after good work by Bren Byrne and great skill by man of the match Michael Maher. Alan MacEneaney had added an early penalty but was off target with both try conversions and another penalty attempt.