Midleton 27 - 0 Boyne Senior XV (AIL - 15/11/2014)

Boyne played their fifth game in this league on Saturday last and this was their third away trip to the rebel county to play Middleton, having earlier played Kanturk and Highfield in this league. A large contingent of club supporters travelled with the team to give them support and they stayed in the Cork town overnight on Saturday last.
The Middleton side have recruited well and as a result of this they are a much stronger outfit than the one which visited Shamrock Lodge last year.
Whilst Boyne improved on their performance from the previous week, nevertheless the Middleton opposition provided a much stiffer test and although they never flinched, the experience and physicality of the home side was evident throughout this game. Boyne also suffered a set back when Captain and centre, Eoghan Duffy, had to retire injured after only 10 minutes. Middleton were never in danger of losing this game and in prop forward, Christy Condon they had a player who was outstanding and gave a stellar performance and proved a right handful for the Boyne team all through this encounter.
Middleton opened with two penalties early in the game before Condon crossed for the try which they had threatened to score throughout the first period before half time. This try was converted to leave the half time score 13pts to nil.
The home side had another try minutes into the 2nd half which they converted and Boyne did well to sustain constant pressure inside their own half for long periods for the remainder of the half. They did succumb on the 65th minute however, when Middleton crossed for another try which they converted to bring their scoring tally to 27pts for the match.
Despite their dominance, Middleton failed to secure a bonus point from this match with Boyne managing to contain their scoring tally of tries to three.
There is no doubt that Boyne are having a very tough time in this league this season. Having gone through a serious player transition from within their own playing base, the young players who have graduated to this level of rugby are certainly encountering a baptism of fire. While it will be a struggle to remain in this league, the Boyne faithful are not prepared to give up on their young players and the club members who travelled on Saturday last, were satisfied with the teams effort and accept that it may take time before the rebuilding efforts of the coaches will prevail.
Particularly praiseworthy of the teams performance on Saturday last was their resilience and never say die attitude. Their discipline in the face of incessant pressure, was also exemplary and a huge improvement on the previous week. Players who have seen the good days with the club, the likes of long serving players Caimin Hall, John Kinsella, John Kermath and Brian Howell, are to be commended for the encouragement they are giving to the younger players. Bevan Duffy has also made a welcome return to the game and his influence, no doubt, will shine through in forthcoming games.
There is still a long way to go in this league and hope springs eternal in the minds and hearts of everybody at Shamrock Lodge.
Next week Boyne have a rest before entering into the next round of the league against Tullamore at Shamrock Lodge.