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Boyne U19 travelled to the Donnybrook (the home of Leinster Rugby) on the Bank Holiday Monday in pursuit of the Tom D’Arcy Cup to add to the League Trophy which they won the previous month.
Going into this match as firm favourites there was a lot of expectation on the shoulders of the Boyne players and this pressure was evident from the early exchanges.
The weekend saw the final places for the Leinster youth finals decided with both Boyne & Kilkenny contesting two finals each and Navan and Wicklow being the other clubs. The finals will all be held in Donnybrook on Monday 2nd May. Kick Off times are confirmed as follows:
Boyne U19s had the opportunity to put the disappointment of losing the semi final of the All Ireland behind them, when they played neighbours Dundalk in the Semi Final of the Leinster Cup, in Navan, last Saturday
Games at all levels between these two great rival clubs are invariably tense affairs, but are always played in a good spirit and this contest proved to be no different
The match was played lin front of a good attendance on a very warm day with a strong breeze blowing into the Town goal.
Boyne won the toss and opted to play against the wind in the 1st half.
Boyne U19s hopes of All Ireland success were dashed when they failed at the penultimate hurdle to the Champions of Ulster, Malone RFC.
The match was played last Saturday in front of a large attendance with a strong breeze blowing across the pitch from left to right.
Boyne were slow to settle, which probably could be attributed to big match day nerves.
Despite that, it was Boyne who gained the early dominance in the set pieces.
Fresh from their recent victory in the Leinster League final, Boyne U19s travelled to Barnhall RFC for the QF of the Leinster Cup, last Saturday.
Boyne were very slow to start, which probably was a result of a hangover from their recent exploits.
It was the Home side who seized the initiative from the off, showing scant respect for the League Champions.
The elite of Leinster youth rugby was on show in this under 19’s league final at Ashbourne on Sunday last when Boyne faced Navan in a pulsating encounter. This was the end of a long campaign for the two sides and in an all North East final, the Boyne side shaded it with a fine second half performance that saw them cross for the all important try that sealed the game for them.There can be no doubting the great traditions that both of these clubs espouse in Irish youth rugby and this was evident in both sides commitment and skill which was displayed before a very large crowd who enjoyed a thrilling game of rugby.
These teams had met twice previously at this level and it was all square, with each having a victory over the other in competitive fare. This Boyne team have been together since their mini days and have been coached by Paddy McCleery, Ger De Loughrey and Leo Monahan since then. They have been at the penultimate and ultimate stage of success over the years but, the big prize always eluded them.
Boyne U19s travelled Ashbourne last Saturday to play Wicklow RFC in the Semi final of the Leinster League. The game was played n in front of a good attendance, on a dry, breezy day.
The Ashbourne pitch, which is all weather sand based surface was in pristine condition given that Ireland played France the night before in a Ladies 6 Nations encounter.
Boyne played into the town goal with the aid of the breeze in the 1st half and from the kick off Boyne took the game to their much vaunted opponents.
Boyne U19s hosted Enniscorthy RFC in the QF of the Leinster League, last Saturday in front of a good attendance on a very wet miserable day.
The Match Official carried out a pitch inspection just before kick off and the ground was passed barely playable following heavy overnight rain.
Given the very soft underfoot conditions it meant that running rugby was always going to be difficult and it was going to be day for the Forwards to perform.
Boyne U19s visited neighbours and great rivals Navan RFC & suffered their 2nd consecutive reverse in their final match of the Leinster League programme.
Even though the pitch was quite soft on top of the ground conditions were ideal for rugby on a dry day with only a slight wind blowing from left to right.
The draws for the 2010/11 Cup draws were made Wednesday 19th and pitted Boyne against local rivals Navan in 2 competitions, with Boyne 15's hosting Navan and Boyne 17's travelling to Navan 'B', the 19's travel to Rathoath, while the 13's host Tullamore and the 14's received a 'bye' before playing the winners of Skerries / Greystones 'B'. Click Here to view all the current & past Youth Cup Draws (with latest results).