|Queens Ladies II
||12 - 10
On Sunday Enniskillen Ladies travelled to Belfast for their first Ulster league match of the season after the team made an executive decision to drop from AIL2 to develop their new players. 13 players lined out matched in numbers by a strengthened Queens team due to the demise of Harlequins this year.
From kick off, skins knew they were in a match, soaking up the Queens attack. Enniskillen had their defence well organised and dealt well with the Queens phases, putting them back in the process. Captain of the ship Leona Hallet lead from the front putting in hit after hit. The rest of the troops followed suit and the defence stood firm. Five minutes from the end of the first half, deep in the skins 22, Hallet turned up trumps over turning the ball and passing it to centre Clare McMorrow who turn off loaded to Collette McMorrow. Collette evaded the oncoming tackles of 2 Queens players, making a lung busting run up the wing out running the Queens defence to score in the corner. The conversion was missed leaving Skins 5-0 at half time.
From the start of the second half skins were under pressure, with Queens managing to put the phases together Skins got caught short on the wing. Great covering tackles by Kathryn Dane and new addition Louise Thompson held up the attack, however Queens whipped the ball across field managing to score in the opposite corner. The conversion was missed leaving the score level at 5 all.
After the restart the match was very to and fro with both teams holding fast. Skins continued to hold with crunching tackles from Clare Brogan, Áine Stennett and Maeve McKenna. Skins scrum started to dominate with credit to front row Sinead Dougherty, Fionnuala Glover and Brogan providing a firm platform for the backs to work off. Great kicking from Shauna “the boot” Murphy gained precious territorial ground and kept the Queens attack at bay.
Both teams continued to keep the pressure on, the Skins defence eventually cracked with Queens sneaking down the wing to score, the conversion was added putting Queens in the lead at 12-5 with 15 minutes remaining.
With Queens emptying the bench, Skins dug deep to continue, recover and drive forward. Both teams were evenly balanced with fine attacking from Clare McMorrow, Louise Thompson and Erika Porter. Following several Skins phases deep in the Queens 22, Skins set up steady rucks providing the opportunity for Kathryn Dane to go over the line, bringing the score to 10-12.
With two minutes on the clock, Skins kept ball in hand with powerful forward running making strides towards the Queens line. Skins continued to press forward but were stopped short, leaving the game finishing at 10-12.
A great effort put in but a novice Skins side showed great potential and plenty of positives for Coach Watson to work on.
The next ladies game is home against Cavan at 1pm on Sunday 19th of October, all support is welcome. Skins are always on the lookout for new players, no experience necessary. Training continues on Tuesday’s at 6:30pm and Thursday’s at 8pm.