Boyne 1st XV 10 Navan 17 (LSC)

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 had to contend with a very stiff breeze in the first half that blew straight up the pitch from the Moneymore end. The home side did well to combat the elements with good possession rugby. Their forwards were lighter than the Navan eight but contained their opponents in the tight and loose. The half back pairing of McGrath and Collins were controlling matters very nicely until the 27th minute when Navan took play into the Boyne 22'. Frome the resultant scrum the Navan scrum half, Matison sold a dummy and cut inside to feed the unstoppable flanker, Clarke, who crashed over for a try near the posts. Manning drop kicked the conversion to give Navan a 7 point lead.
Boyne tagged on 3 points from a Brian Collins penalty on the 34th min. The Shamrock Lodge outfit were doing well to contain their opponents but almost on the stroke of half time Navan struck a killer blow when their scrum half did the deed, this time on his own, when again he outwitted the Boyne back row and darted over for his sides second try. This score was not converted and left the half time score 12 points to 3.
Boyne opened the second half with a flourish but their efforts were dented when Bevan Duffy was reported for an off the ball incident by the touch judge and had to spend ten minutes in the sin bin. Boyne nevertheless continued to bring the game to Navan and were in the ascendency during the third quarter. Several attacks failed to yield a score however and the closest they came was when young Harry Kennedy was stopped literally inches from the line. But, on the 57th minute Kennedy did get the try that his team deserved. This followed an excellent series of passes among the backs that saw Kennedy cross for the try. Collins converted the try.
Boyne tried to get the score that would have put them into the lead but it was Navan who had the final say when almost on the stroke of full time their no. 8 Jackson crossed for the final score of the game. They did not convert this try and ran out winners on a 10pts to 17pts scoreline. Next Saturday Boyne have their final outing in this competition when they meet Barnhall at Leixlip. In the meantime several of the Boyne players will take to the Cat Walk when they become models for the night at the Clubs "Grand Slam" Fashion Show in the Boyne Valley Hotel on Thursday night next at 8 o'clock.