|Enniskillen Ladies 1st XV
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||Omagh Ladies 1st XV
Enniskillen ladies faced Omagh at home on Saturday past for a rare Saturday evening contest at Mullaghmeen, the ladies usually being assigned Sunday fixtures. This was the second league game for Skins ladies and they were determined to prove a point and get another win to continue the success of the new season. Skins kicked off into Omaghs half and put the pressure on from the start. The home side carried out a few strong phases of play before out half Noreen Nethercott was able to break the line and score the first try, converted by Scrum Half Kathryn Dane. From the re-start skins continued to dominate the field, hitting hard lines and putting pressure on the Omagh defense. After a few phases of play, and good supporting lines from the backs making the required space, newcomer Nicola McSherry took her chance well to score in the corner. From the restart again skins put great pressure on Omagh and with some piercing forward runs from Leona Hallet and Sarah Teague the ball was set up cleanly for Noreen Nethercott to breeze through the opposition again for her second of the evening. Skins defence began to lapse for a short period allowing Omagh to attack the line and make some ground. However, the home side reacted well to the pressure and refocused their defensive efforts, managing to regain the form they displayed at the start of the game and forcing omagh to knock on the ball in their own 22’, allowing the Skins pack an opportunity to put pressure on the scrum. This led to a destructive pick and go from Leona Connolly from the back of the scrum to break through the line to score another try. With a skins lead the ladies were determined not to lose this momentum and after several phases of play scrum half Kathryn Dane managed to break the defensive line and score another try to end the first half.
Skins started the second half a little more sluggishly, allowing Omagh to put on the pressure and start to play rugby in Enniskillen’s 22’. However, feeling the growing threat, Skins picked up the pace and with good work at the breakdown by forwards Ashling Maguire and Fionnuala Glover, forced an Omagh knock-on and ensuing scrum to return possession to the home side. From this Skins put pressure on the Omagh defence with the forwards hitting hard lines off out half Nethercott, and allow Sarah Teague to break the line and exploit several missed tackles by Omagh to score Skin’s first try of the second half. Skins rgained their confidence after this and proceeded to pressure Omagh from the restart with Sarah Teague breaking the line once again and scoring her second try under the posts, despite several futile attempts from the Omagh defence. From the restart skins continued their relentless attack on Omagh and Sarah Teague, still hungry for another try, broke the line and was sure to be in for another score but for a desperate Omagh defender, who in a panic grabbed Teague by the collar pulling her to the ground in an illegal tackle, resulting in the referee awarding a penalty try to skins. Skins restarted with the back line running hard lines with Clare Mc Morrow breaking the line and breezing through several Omagh players before she was victim to another high tackle, resulting in an Omagh player being sin binned and leaving them with 14 players. Utilising this advantage skins continued their momentum allowing for Sarah Teague to run in for her 3rd try despite the best efforts of Omaghs defense. Unfortunately Omagh’s scrambling defensive efforts to thwart the relentless Teague resulted in one player gaining a head injury and being forced to leave the pitch, leaving Omagh with 13 players. Looking to increase the lead and exploit Omaghs numerical deficit, skins continued to attack the line and make use of the back line. Eventually the space opened up and Clare McMorrow broke through to score a try, converted by Kathryn Dane. Omagh, despite their sin binned player returning, suffered a further injury to leave them with 13 players on the pitch and scrums forced uncontested. With 5 minutes left skins continued to implement their game plan, with forwards and backs working well together and the Omagh defence struggling to contain the onslaught of runners. The space out wide was eventually exploited by Nicola McSherry to score her second try of the game and end the game 58-0 to the home side.
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