Boyne registered a fine win in this first round cup match against a good Ashbourne side in excellent conditions under lights on Friday night. Boyne played some excellent stuff in the first twenty and were rewarded with a fine try finished off by winger Conor Duff and converted by AlMac. Boyne were humimg along nicley and a penalty by Mac Enenany extended the lead to 10 to nil and an easy day at the office looked on the cards.
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Tullamore reversed an early season loss to Boyne at Shamrock Lodge on Saturday and in the process deservedly won the 2nds League Title.
Boyne’s slim chance of a league title were wiped away after this loss and now they must re group before their Towns cup match against an in form Ashbourne on Friday night under lights in Ashbourne.
These sides certainly provide their supporters with top class football when they meet. Shades of last years cup final were evident during this game with the teams concentrating on fast open rugby. Conditions were conducive to this type of football with the Shamrock Lodge pitch in good condition having earlier accomodated the seconds match which saw Tullamore win the game and also the league with their 16pts to 8pts victory over Boyne.
a Trilogy of Games to start the year which hasn't seen the best of Boynes Seconds.
the final match of 2009 saw boyne lose out to a last minute try to Sepaoint and this seems to have knocked the wind from their sails. The X mas break was an extended one and players & coaches used all their resourcefullness to find places to train and keep things ticking over-( sweaty gyms, astro turf pitches and a wind chilled Albion Pitch).
Any hopes that Boyne may have had before this game, of clinging on to Seapoints tails, were certainly dashed on the edges of the plains of the Curragh on Sunday last when Cill Dara took the spoils in a tough encounter. The home side were also anxious to keep themselves in contention for a top four place and also avoid dropping into the lower regions of the league where there is a dog fight going on to avoid relegation. A large home contingent were very happy at the end of this game when their team overcame the high flying visitors.
Boyne resumed their league campaign at Shamrock Lodge on Saturday last against league strugglers Monkstown. The recent spell of bad weather took its toll on the pitch and left the underfoot conditions very heavy. However, it stood the test well and both sides made light of the conditions to provide the attendance with a good game of rugby. Monkstown belied their league table position and gave the home side a good run for the 80 minutes.
BOYNE 2NDS IN NARROW DEFEAT
This was the match that would have a significant bearing on the destination of the League title. A win for Seapoint would leave them with a nice cushion going into the New Year whilst Boyne had to win to make an impression on the leaders. As it turned out it went neither way and the points gap remained the same between the sides at the end of what could only be described as a pulsating game. It ended all square and Seapoint were the ones who breathed a sigh of relief at the final whistle.
Playing their 2nd away home match of the season boyne 'wanderers' accounted for their county rivals for the 2nd time in the season and remained top of Division 1a of the leinster 2nds league as a result. Indeed but for a dropped pass in the last phase of play Boyne could have achieved a winning try bonus point for the first time this season but young Shane cambell will be forgiven by his teammates as he had an excellent match and showed his versatility by filling in at full back for Neil Gernon after an earlier stint at his more familiar no 9 slot.
This was a hugely important game for both sides for different reasons. If Boyne were to retain their interest in putting pressure on league leaders Seapoint, they needed to win this encounter to stay in contact. Dundalk, on the other hand, were badly in need of a good result to maintain their interest in a top four spot. This league is now fiercely competitive and there is little between the teams with no result seen as a foregone conclusion. This game was played at Ashbourne having been swtched from Shamrock Lodge due to the adverse weather conditions.