Boyne 20 Midleton 22
A taut encounter at Shamrock Lodge as Midleton visit Boyne for a game that both teams have targeted as a “must win” encounter. It was a close game with both teams playing expansive rugby that saw a total of five trys.
Boyne got play underway with a strong breeze behind them, Midleton gather well and clear to halfway where a knock on by Boyne sees the first scrum of the afternoon. The Boyne scrum half disrupts and it’s a knock on from Midleton giving Boyne an attacking platform. Boyne advance and Midleton defend well, turning over and breaking through the Boyne defence. Quick ball and its out to winger Jayde Cruickshank for an early try. Christian converts and its Boyne 0 Midleton 7. A dream start for the visiting team.
Play moves around the centre of the pitch with each team probing defences, a penalty after about 20 minutes gives Boyne the chance to put a score on the board and they take it. Boyne 3 Midleton 7. Minutes later and a lapse in concentration sees Boyne go over for a try, with the conversion its Boyne 10 Midleton 7. Another penalty before halftime and at the break its Boyne 13 Midleton 7, Midleton having missed two penalties into the wind.
Observers would be forgiven to thinking that it would be another fruitless journey for the Midleton men, but from the restart Midleton attack and really bring it to the Boyne men. The hard work is eventually rewarded and Kieran Burns is in for Midleton’s second try. Christian converts and the score is now Boyne 13 Midleton 14. A short time later and it’s a penalty opportunity for Midleton that sees the lead stretch to 4 points.
Within 10 minutes though and all the hard work looks to be undone, down to 14 men Midleton are on the defensive but cannot hold out Boyne as they secure their second try of the afternoon. With the conversion its Boyne 20 Midleton 17. There are about 10 minutes left to play and, with another penalty miss it looks like we have to settle for a losing bonus point. The never say die attitude of the team today pushes them on, and with 2 to 3 minutes left on the clock and its a try in the corner for Bryan Morris.
Boyne come back fighting from the restart and get a penalty, quickly taken they advance again getting another penalty. This time they decide to kick for points, and all from Midleton hold their breath – its wide and so the game ends shortly after.
A first away win this season – the determination, will, and attitude shown by the team today meant that every time it looked like things were not going our way they held their heads up and would not relent. Hard work well rewarded – well done to the whole team.