Over 35's Leinster Fox Cup Final Spent Salmon (Boyne) 7pts Tereneure College 35pts.

The rapids at Clontarf RFC last night put an end to the hopes of the Spent Salmon getting to their destination and annexing the Fox Cup for the first time in the Boyne RFC's history. This was a game to far following their previous weeks heroics which left team manager, Sean Rochford, searching the highways and byways to put 15 fit players on the pitch for the final due to injuries and non availability of some members of the squad.
They did manage to field and were dealt a further blow in the opening minutes when renowned prop, Angus McKeen, suffered a calf strain and had to leave the field. This robbed the forward division of one of their stalwarts and the set scrums reverted to non-contested which nullified The Salmon's strongest element of their game. Terenure had a fleet footed set of backs and they used them at every opportunity and with ball from the set scrum assured, they had plenty of possession to run at the opposition. They went ahead after 5 minutes and further added to The Salmon's woes on the 12th minute with two tries and a conversion. This evened out at a point a minute to go 12pts ahead.
To the credit of the Boyne team they stuck at their task and for the rest of the half held the Terenure side scoreless. However, on the turnover, further misfortune struck the Boyne men when injuries resulted in Degs Farrell and Donal Nugent having to retire from the scene. Terenure continued to use their pace and midway through the 2nd half they put the game beyond Boyne's reach when they notched up two more tries against the depleted Salmon side.
To their credit they refused to capitulate and although battered and bruised they continued to battle on and their efforts were rewarded with a try from Anthony Briscoe which they converted for their solitary score.
Another two tries by Terenure saw them run out comfortable winners at the finish against a gallant Salmon's outfit who gave their all throughout this competition.
Sore bodies from the gruelling encounter the previous week against Old Belvedere and resulting injuries to others left The Salmon's well and truly spent for this final. However, full credit has to be accorded to these veterans who compete in this competition each year. Perhaps next year they will go a stage further and finaly get their hands on this trophy.
Manager, Sean Rochford, must be given great credit for putting this side together each year and particularly the youth coaches such as John Sayers, Mark Power, Brian Horan, Degs Farrell, Alan Smith who turn out for the side along with veteran players such as Shane Higgins, Angus McKeen, Gordon Ettie, Peter Holt Gaz Downey Donal Nugent, Anthony Briscoe Fergus Walsh and Paddy Keenan. Those still playing also contribute to the enjoyment of the side like Paddy McGuigan & Laurence McEvoy and they will be hoping for better things next Sunday when they line out with the 3rds in the League final against Athboy.