Boston came out firing to honor the passing of one of their clubmen and got the jump on the Magpies who looked sluggish in their first game after the mid season break. The Magpies back six of Kyle, Caine, McMaster, Davis, Caldwell and Smith held firm under immense pressure and managed to repel most of Bostonâ€™s attacks.
In the second quarter the forwards started to find the ball with Bowen, Collins and Guarino all getting their hands on the Ball. Mitchell and Blandford also lifted providing plenty of crumbing power. The Magpies went into the half time break trailing by 3 goals.
The Magpies came out of the half time break trying to get back into the game but Boston had their tails up and continued to pressure the Magpies into mistakes. As a result the Magpies couldnâ€™t get their running game going and the game continued to be played on Bostonâ€™s terms. McIntyre and Lin went down with shoulder injuries leaving the Magpies midfield depleted. Spiteri and Buxton moved into the middle and provided some run however the Magpies were still second to the ball and couldnâ€™t close the gap on the scoreboard.
After a ferocious spray from the coaching staff at 3 quarter time the Magpies had 20 minutes to make amends for their first 3 quarters. Taylor, Murphy, Dixon and Smiley all responded by lifting their work rate and getting first hands on the ball. The move of McMaster to CHF resulted in him kicking what would have to be close to goal of the year. Lyndon and Thompson also continued to get their good run from defense and the Magpies booted 4 goals in an impressive quarter of hard running football to run out winners.
New York 11.8.74 defeated Boston 9.6.60
NY Goals: Bowen 5, McIntyre, McMaster, Blandford, Mitchell, Taylor
NY Best: Taylor, Bowen, Mitchell, Smith, Kyle
In the second game of the day the Magpies reserves team continued the theme, running over the top of the Boston reserves team. Flavel dominated in the ruck all game and Ormsby, Simson and Lyndon got plenty of the ball across the middle.
Walsh, Pezanko and Melo worked hard in defense and in the second half the forward line led by McMahon, Keeffe, Collins and Donner all got on top allowing NY to kick away to a solid win.
After the game acting captain Conor Walsh said â€œIt was a great win by the boys today, Boston were on top early and I didnâ€™t know if we could respond but the whole team lifted in the second half and it shows the great depth of the club.â€
New York 5.2.32 defeated Boston 3.2.20
NY Goals: McMahon 2, Ormsby, Donner, Keeffe
NY Best: Flavel, Ormsby, Walsh, Pezanko, Keeffe