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This was the second meeting of these sides this season at Shamrock Lodge. They met earlier in the season in the league and the supporters of Boyne reckoned that this was the best match seen at the Lodge this season. However, last Sundays game turned that on its head and there could be little doubt that this game had all the ingredients a rugby purist could possibly need. Those who turned out to see this game, and they were considerable, enjoyed a top class display of football that saw the two sides out on their feet at the end of the game.
Boyne are through to the 3rd round where they will face Cill Dara in Shamrock Lodge, next Sunday 15th March.
Match Report To Follow:
It was a sad day for Boyne Ladies as they suffered their first defect this year. From kick off st Marys were showing themselves to be a well drilled team. and quickly rattled the Boyne Girls. Spending the first twenty minuets in their own 22 boyne showing good defence held off St. Marys. St. Marys went for the post instead of the line when awarded a penalty and put themselves on the score board. this put boyne on the back leg and the home side still could not get any game momentum. St. Mary's got over the line twice before half time and converted both.
Boyne concluded their league programme last Sunday before a sizeable crowd at Shamrock Lodge with a win over Tullow to consolidate a third place finish in the Leinster League Division 1. This has been their highest placing in a few years and they will look back on two of their three defeats against Monkstown and Seapoint with a certain amount of regret knowing that they could have won both of these games. But, Coach & Captain Craig McGrath was in buoyant mood following this match and says that he is looking forward to the rewards that the team will derive from finishing third.
This is a trip that Boyne team and supporters always undertake with great trepidation and there was an added anxiety on Sunday last. The midlands side is coached this season by Kiwi, Andy Melville who, in the past, has caused Boyne huge problems when he coached Naas in this league. Melville chose not to start this game and picked himself on the bench. However, Boyne’s restored confidence this season overcame both obstacles, the long trip to the midlands venue and the introduction to the game of Tullamore coach, Melville, in the 56th minute failed to unnerve the Drogheda team.
The Weather was good and the pitch at belfast was in perfect condition. boyne came out blazing but the game was put to halt as our coach Nial Sweeney was asked to refrain from questioning the referee. It wasn't long before Boyne got over the try line. After two more impressive trys Boyne seemed to take their foot off the pedal. and Quins got back into the game with a try. After a dubious sin bin we were down to 14 player. Thankfully Boyne started to play again and got back over the try line once more however the half ended with Quins going over for one more try.
After being postponed because of the snow last week both teams were eager for the kick off. However it was Boyne who took advantage of a penalty within the scoring zone with Marian Holland putting a valuable three points on the board. With spirits high Boyne played well and as a result touched down again at the hands of Ciara Power. The rest of the first half however where spent in the home sides twenty two. Giving away many penalties Boyne did well to keep Trinity off the score board.
Boyne 1st XV, having defeated Gorey in the first round will now have to travel to the winners of the Naas / Tullow clash on Sunday 8th Feburary at 3pm.
This game was brought forward to Saturday because of the Heineken Cup Fixture between Leinster and Edinburgh on Sunday. The game was timed for a 6pm start and was played under lights at Gorey. Boyne's preparations began at 1:30 pm when they assembled at Shamrock Lodge for departure by bus to the South East venue. There was to be a stop for an hour, courtesy of the Arklow Bay Hotel, to have a team talk and some light bites and refreshments before completing the pre match journey to Gorey.
Match Report to follow: