Leinster under 13 Shield
New Ross 19 Boyne 24
Boyne made the long trip to New Ross on Saturday morning hoping for a win that would secure a quarter final spot in the Leinster shield. Boyne made the decision to field an experimental team which would give the coaches the opportunity to look at players in various positions. With a busy diary ahead, injuries and holiday commitments, the strength of the squad was in for a stern test. The players on show certainly did not disappoint in what proved to be a tough, physical encounter against a very determined New Ross side. Boyne were first to register a score when outhalf Euan Canniffe finished off a well worked backs move on 9 mins. New Ross equalised on 14mins and again touched down on 17 minutes. As the half progressed, Boynes busy pack started to control the game and second row David Hobbs drove over the line twice to leave the score 12-19 in favour to Boyne at half time. The second half turned into a classic arm wrestle with both sides fighting for every inch of territory. New Ross eventually broke through the Boyne line 14 minutes into the second half which left the score all square with 10 minutes to play. The character of the Boyne team was nothing short of outstanding as player after player hit their tackle in a period of prolonged pressure from the home side. Boyne were determined not to go home with nothing and after weathering the storm, found themselves camped inside the New Ross 22 for the final few minutes. David Hobbs thought he was in for his hat trick only for the ref to decide that the ball was not grounded. Boyne fought on and eventually Ivan Murray found space to touch down near the corner. 4 minutes were added on for injuries and Boyne continued to hold their line. The final whistle was greeted with raised fists by the Boyne lads as they knew themselves that their hard work had paid off with a great victory. Positives from the match were an impressive display by the forwards both in supplying quick balls through the rucks and in defence. The backs defended superbly however they struggled to produce the free flowing play they are capable of. Given the fact that it was this back lines first outing together, they can take great pride in their performance. Well done everyone.
Team: Oisin Lynch, Benji McGrath, Kyle Nelson, Frank Madden, Ivan Murray, Danny Little, Eoin Cummins, David Hobbs, Sean Wynne, Connor O’Dwyer, Euan Canniffe, Cian Gaynor, Ruben Maher,
Emmett Murray, Zak Swanson, Caolan Nulty, Alex Hanraty, James Keogh, David Maxwell.
- Gary Little