Barnhall 21 Boyne 1st XV 26 (LSC)

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. On the other hand, Boyne have also been trying out new players having lost six of last years successful cup winning team. Coach McGrath's patience and focus on young talent has given Boyne confidence and this game was the final work out before they enter league fare next Saturday with a tough opening encounter against north Louth rivals Dundalk away at Mill Road.
Given the conditions, open running football was the order of the day and both teams stepped up to the mark and what ensued was a fine sporting game of open rugby. Boyne started in whirlwind fashion and some scintillating runs brought them close to scoring on three occasions. They were denied through fine Barnhall defence and had to rely on the boot of out half Brian Collins to put them on the scoreboard. This came from a penalty on the 35th minute when Barnhall failed to release. Collins has taken over the kicking duties this season and in his opening games he has been in excellent form. He planted two more penalties between the posts before the 32nd minute to put his side 9 points ahead. Barnhall were contributing to a fast moving game and showed their paces on the 36th minute when the broke away and their winger was on the end of a series of transfers to cross in the corner. They converted the try. Boyne made a swift response and with backs and forwards running and transferring with great skilll. Winger Sherrard finished off the move when he crossed for the try. Collins converted to leave the half time score 7 points to 16 points.
More of the same followed in the second half with Boyne increasing their lead shortly after half time. Out Half Collins played a big part when he put through a delightful chip for centre Bevan Duffy to run onto to get the touch down over the line. Collins converted again. The game looked beyond the home side at this stage but they did not relent and they scored two more excellent tries, both converted to close the gap to two points. Collins added his fourth penalty to finish the scoring. Boyne had to withstand a late Barnhall surge to register their win.
Brian Collins was the star of the show at out half and he has been playing with great confidence and assurance in the opening games of the season. The forwards did well in testing conditions and players who are making their debuts at this level such as Conor Walsh, Harry Kennedy, Conor McGann, Declan Moore and other young players who are making the breakthrough this season.