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Conditions could not have been better for this game with a pitch that was in excellent condition and the climate absolutely perfect for football of any code. The Boyne squad had earlier performed a Guard Of Honour for their departed club member, Jazz Craven, for whom a minutes silence was observed before the game commenced. They went straight to the ground from the cemetery to prepare for this match against Seapoint who are unbeaten this season. There was a stiff enough breeze blowing up the pitch from the Moneymore end and Seapoint had the benefit of this in the first half. They set out the trend of their game plan right from the start, with their out half Keegan testing the Boyne back three with a hoisted kick into the Boyne 22’. Young Boyne full back collected and as his instinct, went to run out of defence. He did make some ground before being hauled down. From the resultant broken play Boyne were penalised at the breakdown and Keegan set out on his scoring spree when he landed the resultant penalty from 30 mts.
Boyne 2nds got off to a winning start in the Leinster 2nds League Div 1a clash with a hard fought victory over Dundalk at Mill Road on Saturday. Boyne took the field without a recognized hooker but Dave Walsh's throw
ins contributed to an efficient lineout ensuring a steady supply of good ball to the back line. Boyne dominated territory and possession in the first half and but for a few dropped passes could have had 2 or 3 tries on the board at half time. A quick line out throw allowed Alan MacEneaney to waltz under the posts for the games first try and a 7-0 half time lead.
Boyne travelled to the Mill Road on Saturday last for their opening league encounter with neighbours Dundalk. With extensive work being carried out on their main pitch this game was played on the home clubs 2nds pitch which was in top class condition. The weather was fine and there was no excuses for both sides to play good rugby with the beautiful backdrop of the Cooley mountains complementing the settings for the game. Boyne suffered a number of setbacks before the game with Eoin Collins suffering a late injury and Bevan Duffy lining out with St. Fechins in the Junior final.
Boyne traveled to Leixlip on Saturday last and played the AIL 3rd division side and registered their first competitive win of the season. The conditions on the day were tropical, to say the least, and it was energy sapping on the players who are more used to playing in a cooler climate. The Kildare side are in the process of rebuilding their team to face the rigours of the season in AIL. They survived relegation last year and will be hoping that their young team can consolidate the club in AIL football this coming season.
Boyne played their first home game of the season at Shamrock Lodge on Saturday last in front of a modest attendance. Their opponents were newly promoted North East neighbours, Navan, who are leading this section of the league. Boyne coach, Craig McGrath, strengthened his side for this match and although still short a number of first choice players nevertheless his preparations for the league campaign is continuing apace. Opinions differed as to the quality of play in this match but four very well worked tries, three to Navan and one to Boyne, gave the crowd something to cheer.
Boyne broke new ground with this season's opening match against senior side Naas at Forenaughts on Saturday last. They were taking part in a match at senior level for the first time in their history. Coach McGrath is persisting with his policy of bringing the clubs younger players through and he is using these games to give them experience of first team football for these matches. Whilst the side shipped a heavy defeat against a full strength Naas side nevertheless there were signs that these young players will be a force when they finish their youth rugby with the under 19'side this season.
Boyne had their first onfield activity last Saturday when they visited the splendid facilities of Coolmine RFC for a training game of four halves. The west Dublin side are now coached by former Irish International Willie Anderson who has his charges in good shape whilst Boyne coach, Craig McGrath had more than 40 players in his travelling contingent. The match took place in four phases and Boyne fielded different combinations in each of the quarters.
Boyne full-back Niall Kerbey was the man of the match thanks to his 17-point haul in a fine all-round display and opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a try. After 25 minutes Boyne centre Richard Downey touched down, with Kerbey converting a difficult effort from the touchline, to extend the lead to 12-0.
Tullamore’s response was immediate and left winger Colin Hughes scored an unconverted try two minutes later.
Out-half Gearoid O’Grady added a penalty to make the score 12-8 before a frenetic a frenetic scoring frenzy saw Brian Howell touch down for Boyne, with Kerbey converting.
Boyne won their Town's cup semi final and will play Tullamore in the final: Match report to follow.
Tonights draw sees Tullamore play Dundalk and Boyne play Clane with the games due to be held on Sunday 29th March.