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Late comeback sees Dundalk RFC down Boyne RFC

Boyne RFC 20 Dundalk RFC 26

Sports Reporter


Sports Reporter


Late comeback sees Dundalk RFC down Boyne RFC

Dundalk RFC's Derek Williams. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)

Leinster League Division 1A

Boyne RFC 20 Dundalk 26

Dundalk RFC scored three tries in the closing quarter to secure a memorable comeback victory in their north-east derby with Boyne on Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 20-7, Dundalk were handed a lifeline when the home side were reduced to 14 players and Mike Walls’ men capitalised, scoring three tries in the closing twenty-minutes to claim their second away win of the campaign.

Boyne hit the front almost straight from the kick-off when full-back Eoghan Duffy crossed. The conversion was missed, however, within ten-minutes, the hosts had registered another try and when they added the extras, Dundalk trailed 12-0.

The Mill Road men hit back with a try of their own when out-half Gearóid McDonald touched down in the corner before the same player converted to close the gap to five-points.

Though, a Boyne penalty extended the gap back out to eight-points at the interval.

And the Drogheda outfit went further ahead early in the second-half when scoring their third try. However, crucially, the conversion was missed.

After the sending off, Dundalk took control. Having been awarded a succession of penalties, McDonald gave the visitors a platform by kicking to touch, from which Jonathan Gray touched down following a maul drive.

McDonald converted before he completed the turnaround to put Dundalk one-point in front after Daragh Conroy crossed for a try having picked off the base of the ruck.

Boyne were out on their feet by this point and Dundalk drove home their dominance with the final play – to secure the bonus point victory – as Tiernan Gonnelly went over. McDonald missed the ‘extras’ attempt from tight on the touchline.

However, victory stands them in good stead ahead of next weekend’s visit of Wicklow.

Dundalk RFC: Jonathan Gray, Seán Arrowsmith, John Smith; Hamish Walker, Niall Smullen; Enda Murphy, Alistair McCormack, Tiernan Gonnelly; Mike Walls, Gearóid McDonald; Laurence Steen, Jonathan Williams; Derek Williams, Robert Wiliams, Daragh Conroy

Reps: Robert Farrell, Ciarán Brannigan, Joe Marks, Peter O’Neill, Owen McNally