North East Leinster Branch - McGee Cup Final; Boyne 18pts Athboy 6pts.

North East Leinster Branch Cup Final - Boyne 18pts Athboy 6pts
Boyne's domestic season ended on an emotional and poignant note on Sunday last at Ardee when their 3rds completed a successful McGee Cup campaign when they overcame a gallant Athboy side on the score 18pts to 6pts.
The team and mentors dedicated this win to their departed team member, Beechy McCreanor, who captained the side at the start of the season before his sad demise which rocked the rugby fraternity.
These teams had met previously in the league section of this competition and it was Athboy who were the victors on each occasion, albeit on narrow margins, in the two encounters.
This time it was the turn of the Boyne men to pile on the pressure and the added incentive of achieving victory for their former team-mate was vital in a closely fought match which is not reflected in flattering scoreline to Boyne.
Boyne played into a very stiff breeze in the first half and two fantastic kicks for the posts from Emmett Grogan saw them take a 6pt lead on the half hour. These kicks were from almost 40mts into an awkward wind that looked adventurous decisions to say the least. He landed both on the 11th minute and 29th minute respectively to give his team the advantage on the half hour mark.
Athboy did manage to kick a penalty to reduce the arrears before Boyne attacked the opposition with another fine move up the right which ended with their winger crossing for a try. Disappointment followed when a forward pass was called in the move to deny them the score. They did manage to pin Athboy in their own 22' and the pressure paid off when another excellent move saw full back and former GAA star, Simon Gerrard, finish of the good work by receiving the scoring pass to cross for a deserved try. Grogan failed with a difficult conversion to leave the half time score, 11pts to 3pts in Boyne's favour.
In the initial stages of the 2nd half the Meath men made a determined effort to get back into the game and they pulled back 3pts with a penalty to leave a 5pt difference between the sides. Athboy enjoyed a good spell early in the 2nd half and it was only the heroic last line defence that deprived them of a try. The 67th minute was a turning point in the game and broke the resolve of the Athboy team when Boyne scrum half, Shane Campbell, completely wrong footed defence to send wing forward, Conor Walsh, away down the middle to outstrip the bewildered Athboy defence and run in virtually under the posts. Boyne converted to leave Athboy wth a gigantic Task in the final minutes. They tried valiantly to penetrate the Boyne rearguard with several fabulous breakouts that brought them right into their opponents territory but they just couldn't finish their efforts with a try.
Great elation greeted the Boyne victory at the end of a very well attended McGee Cup final.
At a very poignant presentation ceremony following the game, conducted by Leinster Branch Senior member and McGee Cup competition organiser, Mr Ronnie Kavanagh, he complimented both sides on a memorable final stating that the McGee Cup had a very special connection with Ardee with the cup donor, Mr PV McGee and his family from Ardee being synonymous with rugby in Leinster and the North East. It was a very emotional presentation with Boyne captain, Caimin Hall, in his acceptance speech, dedicating his team's victory to their departed colleague, John 'Beechy' McCreanor. In a magnificent gesture, he called the late Beechy's partner, Tanya Brannigan, to receive the McGee Cup, who was accompanied by numerous members of her family.
Boyne players who received medals; Deivydas Gudziunas, Colman Sarsfield, Keith Keogh,Enda Grogan, Laurence McEvoy, George Cooney, Patrick Shuttleworth, Caimin Hall, Shane Campbell, Emmet Grogan, Sean Manley, Eoghan McEvoy, Conor Duff, Niall Smith,Simon Gerrard, Emmet Finegan, Derek Younger, Ross Campbell, Alan Martyn, Niall McCreanor, & Mark Carr.