A re­al­ity check for Boyne in Wex­ford

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT - SCORE­BOARD

En­nis­cor­thy Boyne 43 8

BOYNE in­flicted a first de­feat on then lead­ers Gorey in their pre­vi­ous out­ing but were brought crash­ing back to earth in Wex­ford last Satur­day.

Af­ter los­ing their open­ing game, En­nis­cor­thy have won five on the bounce and they now look like the team to catch fol­low­ing this six-try de­mo­li­tion of the Drogheda out­fit at their Ross Road home.

From a Boyne per­spec­tive, they will now be look­ing at the Louth derby with Dun­dalk on Satur­day week as a must-win if they are to drag them­selves away from the foot of the Di­vi­sion 1A ta­ble.

Kilkenny’s sur­prise win at Mill Road last week­end means Gary Downey’s charges are now just one point bet­ter off than the bot­tom club.

When scrum half Arthur Dunne dot­ted down af­ter just three min­utes of play it looked like it was go­ing to be a long day for Boyne, but it did take En­nis­cor­thy a fur­ther 50 min­utes be­fore they sealed their win with a bonus-point try from wing David O’Dwyer.

Dunne’s open­ing score came when the home side at­tacked down the right side and re­leased wing Ivan Ja­cob who made great ground be­fore trans­fer­ring to his scrum half who scored near the posts. Out half Ivan Poole con­verted to make it a seven-point game.

Three min­utes later Boyne, miss­ing their skip­per Karl Keogh through in­jury, re­duced the deficit with a penalty kick, but that score was can­celled out mid-way through the half with a Poole kick af­ter sus­tained pres­sure from the En­nis­cor­thy pack.

The home side’s number 8 Timmy Mor­ris­sey then forced his way over the line for a sec­ond try, again con­verted by Poole, but five min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val Boyne scored their only try when out half Eoghan Duffy in­ter­cepted a pass and ran in from 30 me­tres.

That left the score at 17-8 go­ing into the break and kept Boyne in con­tention for at least a los­ing bonus point.

How­ever, En­nis­cor­thy were by far the su­pe­rior team af­ter the in­ter­val and were re­warded with four well-taken tries as the away side failed to trou­ble the scor­ers.

Dunne claimed his sec­ond try with a won­der­ful break down the mid­dle and as En­nis­cor­thy ramped up the pres­sure their wing David O’Dwyer claimed their bonus-point score in the left corner.

Lock for­ward To­mas Stamp then got in on the act, touch­ing down twice in the space of 10 min­utes, and with two more con­ver­sions from Poole and one from cen­tre Kil­lian Lett that brought En­nis­cor­thy’s fi­nal tally to 43 points.

Boyne, who aren’t in ac­tion this week, will have one eye on events at Ross Road as En­nis­cor­thy host Dun­dalk in an All-Ire­land Ju­nior Cup quar­ter-fi­nal on Satur­day.

What­ever the re­sult of that game, Dun­dalk will feel that the up­com­ing derby car­ries more sig­nif­i­cance, and Boyne will need to be on top of their game to avoid a costly de­feat.

BOYNE: Robert Vallejo; Joe Sweeney, Gra­ham Mc­Quil­lan, Ruairi Hen­nessy, Kevin McCleery; Eoghan Duffy, Sean Rooney; Jerry Oni­anwa, Pau­ric Mongey, Pat Shut­tle­worth; Paul Kelly, Kevin Pren­der­gast; De­clan Moore, Wil­son Twen­ty­man, Ciaran Smith. Re­place­ments: Luke O’Cal­laghan, Tadhg O’Reilly, Conor Walsh, Cil­lian Henry, Brian How­ell.

Next league fix­tures

Satur­day Novem­ber 17th, 2.30

Di­vi­sion 1A ta­ble

En­nis­cor­thy Gorey Wick­low Bec­tive Rgrs Dun­dalk Ash­bourne Boyne Kilkenny P 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 W 5 5 4 3 2 2 2 1 L 1 1 2 3 4 4 4 5 D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

F A 172 90 117 73 130 102 104 97 128 122 117 129 71 174 103 155 BP 4 2 3 4 4 4 0 3 Pts 24 22 19 16 12 12 8 7

Boyne full back Robert Vallejo tries to in­sti­gate a back line move against En­nis­cor­thy.

Boyne’s Eoghan Duffy has nowhere to go as he is stopped in his tracks by En­nis­cor­thy’s Kil­lian Lett.

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