Dundalk 6 Boyne 2nd XV 16

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.
The Home team started the 2nd half with greater purpose and with the aid of the wind reduced to the lead to one point with 2 penalties. The game was again in the balance but Boyne never panicked and good territorial kicking and good lineout work by Byrne and Shuttleworth earned another penalty to extend the lead to 10-6 with 14minutes remaining on the clock. Boyne never looked in danger but the game remained a one score contest until a beautiful phase of play allowed Kevin Wallace put Damien Hughes in the corner for the match winning try. MacEneaney failed with the conversion but the game was up. Boyne will take great heart from the win and with players returning from
injury and numbers increasing every week at training the 2nds coaches have a few welcome selection headaches.