Thrilling semi leads to replay
A LAST-MINUTE Cathal Duffy try earned Boyne a fully-deserved replay from this thrilling Leinster League Under-19 Division 1 semi-final at Ashbourne last Saturday.
Following their narrow cup defeat the previous week, the Boyne team's morale was sreadfast against the more fancied Kildare side.
The Drogheda lads were a bit slow to get into their rhythm and allowed NUIM to breach their defence for two early tries, one of which they converted to go 12-0 up before Boyne had even realised they were in a game.
However, the forwards began to assert themselves and as a result they provided a good platform from the scrums for their outside backs. This yielded an excellent try, which they failed to convert, which brought the score to 12-5 at half-time.
Boyne lost their concentration at the start of the second half and allowed NUIM Barnhall regain the initiative from the kick-off to score an unconverted try.
But rather than let their heads drop, the Drogheda boys fought back with a full seven-pointer to reduce the deficit to just five points at 17-12 and both teams were now playing with purpose.
Boyne nailed the next score when they crossed for a try to even up the scores, but Barnhall were not finished yet and when they got over for an unconverted late try - 22-17 - they looked to be heading for victory.
To their credit, though, Boyne kept pushing and prop Duffy popped up with a timely score to ensure the sides must do it all again.
Boyne: Adam Delaney, Ryan Healy, Cathal Duffy, Jack Foley, Sean Callaghan, Sean Callan, Stewart Rooney, Rory Hennessey, Emmet Banahan, Conor Redmond, David O'Neill, Caoilte Hickey, Cathal Kavanagh, Cathal Bradley, Sean Dunne, Diarmuid Mongey.