Seconds match a tight game to the end
THIS refixture of a match played two weeks ago at Shamrock Lodge when the referee had to retire with an injury just after half-time saw Boyne 2nds squeeze through to the next round thanks to a last-minute Joe Sweeney penalty.
This was a closely fought encounter all the way through and the sides were level at half-time after each converted a penalty to leave the score at 3-3 each, with the Drogheda's side kick being converted by Niall Smith.
Boyne made a number of changes at half-time but were rocked when Athy took full advantage of a lapse in concentration to score a try which they converted to give them a 10-3 lead.
The hosts upped the tempo after that and managed to get good quick ball to their backs, and they scored a good try when Seamus Sarsfield crashed over following a well worked five-metre lineout that they drove off for Sarsfield to touch down.
They failed to convert this try, though, and Athy were still hanging on for victory until Sweeney was handed the task of kicking a penalty to win the game. He obliged and Boyne held on in the final minutes for a hard-earned win, ensuring a long journey home for the second time in a fortnight for the Kildare outfit.
Boyne: Graeme McQuillan; Conor Duffy, Niall Sweeney, Paul Rice, Niall Smith; Shane Campbell, David DeLoughry; Pat Shuttleworth, Gerry Onianwa, Daragh Grogan; Oisin Howell, I Gudziunas; John Hennessy, Mark Fay, Richard Shuttleworth. Replacements: Seamus Sarsfield, John Rothwell, Michael Hennessy, G Brodigan.