BOYNE Rovers are top of the Major 1 Division with a game in hand after hanging out for a hard-earned victory away to bottom club Transport on Sunday morning.
Wayne Wright's side made a good start and eventually broke the deadlock through Ryan Carberry after 20 minutes, and seven minutes later the visitors doubled their lead when Luke Haggins whipped a free kick into the box and Conor Kelly met the ball with perfect timing to direct a header to the net from fully 18 yards.
Coming up to the interval Rovers could have added more to their tally, but their two-goal cushion was made to look a slender one as Transport took control in the second period.
Rovers seemed unable to deal with Transport's increasingly physical approach and the visitors' task became that much harder when midfielder Dean Kirwan received a second yellow card for dissent, after protesting his innocence when booked for what he felt was a fair challenge.
Five minutes later the Crumlin outfit pulled a goal back and the Rovers defence had to pull out all the stops to hang on for all three points.
Rovers face their fourth consecutive away assignment this coming weekend when they travel to Wicklow to face Bray/Zil.
BOYNE ROVERS: Cathal Costello, Damien Judge, Luke Haggins, Ciaran Hoey, Stephen Hevey, Conor Kelly, Shane Lowney, Dean Kirwan, James Traynor, Shane Brady, Ryan Carberry. Subs: Gerard Bermingham, Eoin Leech.