Midleton 27 Boyne 0
Looking to bounce back from a loss the previous week Midleton were determined to come good when hosting a travelling Boyne side that are struggling this season.
Boyne get play underway and mount an intense attack pushing Midleton back to their 22. Their game is expansive as they look to spread the ball wide and poke holes in the Midleton defence – an early penalty for Midleton relieves the pressure but only for a moment as we fail to find touch and Boyne are attacking again. After 10 minutes of sustained pressure Boyne are still looking for an opportunity when Midleton start to gain the momentum and push Boyne back.
Some great pressure and soon its Midleton’s turn to threaten the Boyne defence, are on 20 minutes are soon rewarded with an easy points opportunity through a penalty that sees the first score of the day and 3 points to Midleton. Its not long before its 6 points and Midleton settle into their stride.
Pressure on again and its penalty opportunity for Midleton that Daly puts in the corner for a lineout and a drive for the line to give a push-over try to Dave Smyth. Daly converts and it Midleton 13 Boyne 0 at the break.
Second half and its not relenting on the pressure from Midleton and its an early try; this time Rob Smyth getting the honours, another conversion for Paul and its Midleton 20 Boyne 0. The next 20 minutes sees a more pressure from Midleton but the Boyne defence is holding well until a quickly taken penalty sees Yorkie breaks through for Midleton’s 3rd try. Boyne put pressure on again for some consolation points and at one stage look to be in for a try but for the quick thinking and boot of Diarmuid O’Sullivan to kick the ball clear before the Boyne back can ground it. Midleton then chase the bonus point and come close on a few occasions but it was not to be.
At fulltime its Midleton 27 Boyne 0. Its now 4 from 6 and Midleton lie 5th in the table. This is a team with one objective – challenge for the division. Every man deserves praise yet again – strength of character and a determination to win that sees us well placed to travel North to face Armagh in what will be a tough battle at the North men also look to chase honours this season.