Leinster Branch Anderson Cup J3 Dundalk 15pts Boyne 35pts

Leinster J3 Anderson Cup ¼ Final – Dundalk 15pts  Boyne 35pts
Boyne J3’s have progressed to the semi final of the Anderson Cup with this great win over fellow Louth rivals Dundalk at Mill Road on Friday night last in a very entertaining game fought out among two very determined sides. Dundalk were straight into the match following 8 minutes play when they landed a penalty to give them a 3pts lead. This was just reward for a good opening by the home side who were dominant in the opening exchanges. Boyne however, having been fortunate not to have conceded further scores during a nervous opening, came into the game and their backs initiated several good offensives only to see their efforts marred by forward passes when scores looked certain.
When they did get things right, they were red hot and  after Alan McEneaney steadied his sides nerves with an equalising penalty on the 21st minute and pushed his side 3pts in front later which  settled down Boyne to play some scintillating rugby and their first try was an absolute ‘gem’. Centre Fergus Walsh the Boyne centre, showed all his guile and experience when he made a telling break and found his outstanding No 8 Ruairi Hennessy in support to carry on the move. Impressive winger Ethan Bradley took the scoring pass from Hennessy and crossed for a superb score which rocked the home side who had started well. 
Boyne were now in the ascendency and they followed immediately with another try on the 39th minute and once again there was excellent approach play preceding this score. From the kick off the outstanding Ruairi Hennessy gathered once again was the instigator when he made a pulsating break from just inside his own 22’. Despite the desperate attempts of the opposition to halt his run Hennessy made enough ground to transfer to winger, Ciarán Clinton who took the ball deep into the Dundalk 22’ before he made a superb offload to centre, veteran flanker, Sham Sarsfield, who carried on the move which was  finished off by Ciarán Clinton for a superb score. Alan McEaney failed with the conversion but nevertheless, this score gave Boyne a commanding half time lead of 18pts to the home sides 3pts.
Boyne further consolidated their lead early in the second half when following good work by scrum half, Garret O’Dowd, who did manage to get over the Dundalk line where he was held up and failed to get the touchdown. From the ensuing 5’ scrum, Boyne maintained the pressure on the Dundalk defence and Ethan Bradley crossed for Boyne’s third try to bring the score to 23pts to 3pts.
Man of the Match, Ryan Healy compounded an outstanding performance with another Boyne try on the 50th minute to really put the tie beyond reach of a Dundalk side who were battling gamely. Boyne failed to convert this try and had to brace themselves for a great Dundalk fight back which yielded tries on the 57th and 69th minutes to bring them to 15pts. . However, their resurgence was too little too late and Boyne had the last say when another outstanding prospect, Sean Manley, scored Boyne’s last try when he followed up with an excellent clearout at a maul and finished off his good work by crashing over to put the spoils well out of Dundalk’s reach. The game ended on a happy note for Emmet Grogan’s team who now find themselves in the semi final of the Anderson Cup and will face the winners of Mullingar and Kilkenny.
Boyne XV & Repls;  Ciarán Clinton; Ethan Bradley, Fergus Walsh, Simon Gerrard, David O’Neill ; Alan McEneaney, Garret O’Dowd; Paddy Haughey, Ryan Healy, Paddy Cooney; Emmet Finegan, Brendan Byrne; Seamus Sarsfield, Sean O Callaghan, Ruairi Hennessy. Repls; (all used) Paddy Kennan, Ian O’Reilly, Sean Manley & Shane Rooney.