Tullamore undone by late surge
TULLAMORE faced the daunting task of a trip to Drogheda to play runaway league leaders and champions in waiting Boyne.
However while Tullamore came away on the wrong side of the result, the final scoreline in no way does justice to their efforts on the day.
With 15 minutes to play Tullamore were level and pushing for victory and on another day the result could have gone their way.
Unfortunately for the visitors, the home side ran in two late tries which shattered a gutsy Tullamore team. Boyne started like the potential champions they are and pinned Tullamore back in the early exchanges. A
fter seven minutes they took the lead when centre Bevan Duffy scored a try after poor Tullamore defending. Niall Kerbey converted fto put the home side into a 7-0 lead.
As the half wore on however Tullamore came more into the game and after three penalties close to the Boyne line, winger Mark Whelan got in for a good try which Niall Geraghty converted to tie the scores at 7-7.
Boyne had the better of the closing stages of the first-half and in the 33rd minute their concerted pressure eventually led to a converted try and gave them a 14-7 lead at half time. Tullamore regrouped at half-time and emerged with all guns blazing at the start of the second-half and totally dominated with some terrific attacking play.
In the 47th minute Tullamore kicked to the corner from a penalty on the Boyne ‘22. A wonderful 10 metre drive forward from the lineout ensued and the try was eventually credited to Alvin Bracken. Niall Geraghty converted from the touchline to tie the scores again at 14 -14. Tullamore continued to dominate for the next 15 minutes but they couldn't manage to get their noses in front.
In fairness to the home side they upped the ante in the closing minutes and two penalties from their full back gave them a 20-14 lead with four mins to go.
Tullamore were still looking at a bonus point at this stage but two late converted tries, the second an intercept from their own ‘22, gave Boyne a deserved victory even if the scoreline was harsh on Tullamore.
The Tullamore coaching staff will be heartened by the enterprise shown by both backs and forwards in a bright dispaly by the youthful Tullamore side. In a good pack performance David Milne, Dave Hanlon and Ger Molloy excelled while the backs carried a threat all day especially Aaron Deverall and Mark Whelan. Tullamore: Niall Geraghty, Mark Whelan, Keith Scally, Phillip Gardiner, Colin Hughes, Aaron Deverell, Richie Hughes, Ger Molloy, Cathal Feighery, Alvin Bracken, Ivor Deverell, Dave Hanlon, David Milne, Cyril Cornally, Adrian Hanley. Subs used: Darragh Lowery and Paul McNiff.