Boyne snatch draw at the death to earn play-off spot

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

goal, in­stead putting re­lent­less pres­sure on the home side.

With McNally now back in the fray, he made some great breaks up the mid­dle and Duffy and McCleery made ex­cel­lent sor­ties.

Boyne’s per­sis­tence came good with the last play of the game when McCleery touched down for the all-im­por­tant try and Ker­bey held his nerve to con­vert and earn the vi­tal draw to bring Boyne into the play-off.

This was a tremen­dous ef­fort by the en­tire Boyne squad and when lead­er­ship was re­quired the likes of Duffy, How­ell, Kin­sella, Carolan, Shut­tle­worth and McCleery were out­stand­ing. Cap­tain, Ge­orge Cooney led by ex­am­ple and the de­ter­mi­na­tion shown by the team dur­ing the last five games of the league has pulled them back from the abyss.

Coaches and men­tors Graeme East­wood, Niall Ker­bey, Gary Downey and Di­rec­tor of Rugby Alan O’Reilly are also re­lieved that their faith in the play­ers has been re­warded.

BOYNE: Eoghan Duffy; Adam Brodi­gan, Brian How­ell, Joe Sweeney, Kevin McCleery; Nick Smith, Niall Ker­bey; John Kin­sella, Ge­orge Cooney (Capt), Hugh Carolan; Richard Shut­tle­worth, Cathal McNally; Ben Dun­phy, De­clan Moore, Rory Hen­nessy. Re­place­ments: Pa­trick Shut­tle­worth, Jerry Oni­anwa, Jack Woods, Sean Woods, Shane Camp­bell. Na­van RFC Sligo Rainey Tul­lam­ore Bruff Sea­point Mi­dle­ton Bangor Boyne Kan­turk PW 18 15 18 13 18 12 18 10 18 8 18 9 18 5 18 6 18 4 18 5 D 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 1 L PD Bo 3 278 12 5 182 13 6 153 13 8 78 9 9 9 11 9 -109 8 12 -84 10 11 -189 6 12 -135 7 12 -183 5 Pts 72 65 61 49 45 44 32 32 27 27

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