Armagh pack pave way for victory

Armagh on the attack against Boyne
Armagh on the attack against Boyne

Armagh welcomed Drogheda based side Boyne to a wet and blusterly Palace Grounds for this important Diageo sponsored AIL Div 2B match hoping to maintain their good league form and consolidate their third place in the league standings and after a tense exciting game emerged victorious by 14pts to 6.

Armagh kicked off with the elements behind them and immediately took the game to the visitors. Early pressure resulted in a penalty for off-side against the Boyne pack but this was missed by skipper Rainey to leave the game scoreless.

In spite of continuing to dominate the match for the rest of the first half all Armagh had to show for their endeavour was two penalties both converted by Rainey to leave the half-time score 6-0 in the hosts favour.

As Boyne kicked off the second half with the strengthening wind now at their back you could sense that the large home crowd were slightly worried that a six point lead might not be enough and indeed Boyne soon levelled the match through two penalties both converted by out-half Kirby.

At this stage the game could have gone either way but Armagh regrouped and with the introduction of subs McCall and James Morton - who rushed from the Hospital after the birth of his baby son the night before - the home pack now began to dominate all aspects off the game.

Good interplay between the forwards and the backs brought play close to the Boyne line were the visitors defence was forced to concede a line-out.

A clean catch and drive by Morton was driven on by the home forwards and although Boyne stopped the initial surge once the ball was recycled quickly and then moved at pace along the Armagh back-line the space was created for centre Mallon to score the decisive try.

Raineys conversion hit the post.