A third win on the bounce for Boyne 2nds but surely another cats life is gone with this one. Boyne lead 5-0 at half time courtesy of a Michael Maher try and looked in full control after a 2nd try mid way through the 2nd half. Young Frodo Cambell caught the Cill Dara winger out of position with a beautiful chip and Conor Duff touched down in the corner ; Mac Enenany converted. MacEnenany was unlucky with a 40m Penalty kick which came off the post on 60mins and boyne struggled to get out of their own 22 for the remainder of the half.
Senior Team News
Boyne entered their third game of this league with another home encounter at Shamrock Lodge against Cill Dara last Saturday. The moderate weather that preceded this match cetainly changed on Saturday and a very strong and cool breeze blowing up the pitch from the Moneymore end left matters difficult for both teams to manage. Boyne played with the advantage of the elements in the first half and as a result had the larger share of possession. They were almost in for a try on the 3rd minute when following good work by their forwards they unleashed their backs 40 mts from the Cill Dara posts.
Boyne made it 2 from 2 for the league season with a good win over Seapoint in the lodge on Saturday. A number of injuries to the front row forced last minute changes but this wasnt refected in the early play with Boyne racing to a comfortable 13-3 half time lead courtesy of tries by new man Neil Hayden and a super team try finished off by Conor Duff after good work by Bren Byrne and great skill by man of the match Michael Maher. Alan MacEneaney had added an early penalty but was off target with both try conversions and another penalty attempt.
Conditions could not have been better for this game with a pitch that was in excellent condition and the climate absolutely perfect for football of any code. The Boyne squad had earlier performed a Guard Of Honour for their departed club member, Jazz Craven, for whom a minutes silence was observed before the game commenced. They went straight to the ground from the cemetery to prepare for this match against Seapoint who are unbeaten this season. There was a stiff enough breeze blowing up the pitch from the Moneymore end and Seapoint had the benefit of this in the first half. They set out the trend of their game plan right from the start, with their out half Keegan testing the Boyne back three with a hoisted kick into the Boyne 22’. Young Boyne full back collected and as his instinct, went to run out of defence. He did make some ground before being hauled down. From the resultant broken play Boyne were penalised at the breakdown and Keegan set out on his scoring spree when he landed the resultant penalty from 30 mts.
Boyne 2nds got off to a winning start in the Leinster 2nds League Div 1a clash with a hard fought victory over Dundalk at Mill Road on Saturday. Boyne took the field without a recognized hooker but Dave Walsh's throw
ins contributed to an efficient lineout ensuring a steady supply of good ball to the back line. Boyne dominated territory and possession in the first half and but for a few dropped passes could have had 2 or 3 tries on the board at half time. A quick line out throw allowed Alan MacEneaney to waltz under the posts for the games first try and a 7-0 half time lead.
Boyne travelled to the Mill Road on Saturday last for their opening league encounter with neighbours Dundalk. With extensive work being carried out on their main pitch this game was played on the home clubs 2nds pitch which was in top class condition. The weather was fine and there was no excuses for both sides to play good rugby with the beautiful backdrop of the Cooley mountains complementing the settings for the game. Boyne suffered a number of setbacks before the game with Eoin Collins suffering a late injury and Bevan Duffy lining out with St. Fechins in the Junior final.
Boyne traveled to Leixlip on Saturday last and played the AIL 3rd division side and registered their first competitive win of the season. The conditions on the day were tropical, to say the least, and it was energy sapping on the players who are more used to playing in a cooler climate. The Kildare side are in the process of rebuilding their team to face the rigours of the season in AIL. They survived relegation last year and will be hoping that their young team can consolidate the club in AIL football this coming season.
Boyne played their first home game of the season at Shamrock Lodge on Saturday last in front of a modest attendance. Their opponents were newly promoted North East neighbours, Navan, who are leading this section of the league. Boyne coach, Craig McGrath, strengthened his side for this match and although still short a number of first choice players nevertheless his preparations for the league campaign is continuing apace. Opinions differed as to the quality of play in this match but four very well worked tries, three to Navan and one to Boyne, gave the crowd something to cheer.
Boyne broke new ground with this season's opening match against senior side Naas at Forenaughts on Saturday last. They were taking part in a match at senior level for the first time in their history. Coach McGrath is persisting with his policy of bringing the clubs younger players through and he is using these games to give them experience of first team football for these matches.
Boyne had their first onfield activity last Saturday when they visited the splendid facilities of Coolmine RFC for a training game of four halves. The west Dublin side are now coached by former Irish International Willie Anderson who has his charges in good shape whilst Boyne coach, Craig McGrath had more than 40 players in his travelling contingent. The match took place in four phases and Boyne fielded different combinations in each of the quarters.