Leinster 2A/2B AIL Clubs Competition Semi-Final - Boyne 18pts Old Wesley 33pts

Leinster Senior 2A/2B Cup – Boyne 18pts Old Wesley 33pts
Boyne entertained Dublin 4 Div 2A club, Old Wesley RFC, in the semi-final of this special Leinster Branch competition designed for Leinster clubs in the AIL Divisions 2A & 2B. It was obvious that the Dublin side were taking this competition very seriously and were not going to travel to Drogheda and have their aspirations dashed by the relative newcomers to the AIL. Old Wesley are an established senior club and this fixture presented them with an opportunity to rescue a season that has been quite mediocre, as they nestle in the mid table regions of Div 2A.
Boyne on the other hand, still harbour an outside chance of getting into the play off for promotion if they perform well in their remaining three games in Div 2A. This game presented coach Craig McGrath with the chance to take a Div 2A scalp and this looked a real possibility when Boyne took an early lead with their full back & Captain, Niall Kerbey, having a fine outing when he registered all of his side’s 13pts in the first half.
The game was played at a fierce pace and the visitors had a fine young side who were willing to run the ball at every opportunity. They did pause to register a score from a penalty midway through the half and almost on half time they did breakaway for a very important score, a try, which they didn’t convert, to leave the half time score 13pts to 8pts.
The 2nd half saw Boyne coach, Craig McGrath, make several changes to his side to make sure that all squad members got a run out. One change was enforced in the first half, with the impressive Eoghan Duffy having to leave the field with a leg injury. Old Wesley stepped up the pace of the game in the 2nd half and within 15 minutes were in front when they ran in a try which they converted to leave the score 13pts to 15pts. The visitors added another unconverted try and two penalties to take their score to 26pts. Another worrying moment for Boyne, was the sight of outstanding winger, Brian Howell, also hobbling off after he had scored a fine try for his side to bring them back into the game.
The game was now poised at 18pts to 26pts before Wesley put the game beyond doubt with almost the last play of the game when their excellent wing forward broke several tackles and sprinted in under the posts for a converted try to leave the full time score 18pts to 33pts in favour of the visitors.
Boyne will be placing much more emphasis on next Saturdays league encounter with NUIM Barnhall at Shamrock Lodge. Kick Off 2:30pm. The Kildare side are in a strong position at the moment and will be looking for a win to consolidate their hopes of gaining automatic promotion to Div 2A. Boyne, on the other hand, still retain hopes of a strong finish to get into the mix for that prized play-off spot. It’s a tough proposition for the Shamrock Lodge club, who, nevertheless, have managed two fine seasons under McGrath in Div 2A of the AIL.