SKERRIES Under-19s defeated Boyne/Ardee in their latest North East Leinster League fixture at a rain and sleet-sodden Holmpatrick.The win for Skerries follows two defeats away to both Navan and Dundalk in recent weeks and was a welcome return to winning ways. Skerries started well, had the lion's share of possession and enjoyed considerable territorial advantage, but they were not able or patient enough to put phases together to stretch the Boyne/Ardee defence. The frigid conditions did nothing to help either the tempo of the game or the players' ball-handling and the net result was a 0-0 stalemate at the interval, with Robbie Jenkinson of Skerries just coming up short with the only kickable penalty of that half. Skerries made some positional and personnel switches during the break with the intention of keeping possession through phases, playing a more direct style and dominating the forward exchanges. The changes paid dividends within 10 minutes of the restart, with number 8 Evan Sherlock scoring in the corner off a drive from a lineout. Though the conversion was missed, Skerries now grabbed the initiative and sought a second score. This finally came through some excellent pressure form the Skerries backline which pressed strongly, forcing a handling error which was snapped up by Paul O'Connor and he beat the cover to score under the posts. The try was converted by Jenkinson. Skerries finished off with more concerted pressure, confining Boyne/Ardee to their 22, and following some good possession and phases of continuity there was a well-taken try from Conor Lennox who dotted down under the posts with the last play of the game. The results improves Skerries' prospects of finishing second in the league and forcing a play-off for the title. SKERRIES: Paul O'Connor; Peter Lacey, Conor Lennox, Milo McCarthy, Padraig Hickey; Robbie Jenkinson, Eoghan Carron; Ciaran McNally, Mark Lenane, Cormac Marrey; Sean Attley, Tom O'Riordan; Colin Horgan, Dean Harford, Evan Sherlock. Replacements: Ciaran Leonard, Neil Martin, James Gibbs, David Monahan, Luca Metteo.