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Enniskillen Youth Report
Skins U16 41
Inishowen U14 5
Skins U14 69
Inishown U14 0
Last Saturday morning, after a good win against Cavan in their last outing, the young under-16 Skins side were looking to continue their good form against a large physical Inishowen team, and they did not disappoint.
Within 5 minutes, after some good rucking from the forwards, Brown fed his outhalf Hill who saw a gap in the opposition line and stepped inside for the 1st try, converted by Monaghan.
The home side now dominated territory and played most of their rugby in the opposition half with a big effort from the forwards, who were again to the fore winning some good ball for the backs. The backline duly delivered and when it was moved quickly to Linsey at outside centre, he used his pace to run and step his way from the 22 to touch down in the corner for another converted try.
The game was very physical with the Inishowen defence putting in some fine tackles which were returned in kind with some great rucking from Skuce,Leonard,Roofe and Timoney just inside the 22. This tenacious pressure resulted in the ball being picked up by Armstrong at number 8 who powered through the defence to score under the posts. Again Monaghan converted.
Before half time there were two more tries for the home team, one particular good effort from Clarke who showed his strength to hold off the opposition prop to score under the posts for another converted try.
The other came from recycled ball on the 5m line which Gilleece took in his stride, breaking two tackles and crossing the line for the final play of the half.
The second half was a much tighter affair with both teams refusing to give any ground, but again it was pressure from the skins forwards who forced a penalty from the Inishowen pack, again converted by the boot of Monaghan.
At this stage Maguire,McKervey and Boylan came on to replace Presley,Patton and Mcgowan, who had ran and tackled tirelessly for the team. They had an immediate impact with Boylan and Mckervey breaking from deep and off loading to support runners Maguire and Magee, gaining good ground to relieve the pressure on the Skins defence.
With 5 minutes remaining Inishowen won a scrum on the skins 22 and a fine chip through from their number ten saw their winger score in the corner.
From the resulting restart a great chase from the skins pack saw them win a stunning turnover ball before moving it through Brown and Hill for Monaghan to force his way over for the final points of the game.
A hard earned but fully deserved win for this young team, final score 41-5
It was a likewise successful weekend for the Under-14s with a high scoring win over Innishowen, the young side racking up a 69-0 victory. It was a great team effort from everyone with a host of new and developing players standing up to play their part in a fine performance, and many of the more experienced individuals leading impressively from the front.
Enniskillen coach Davy Flynn was delighted at the performance and credited the effort in training during the week. “Preparation for games is crucial in order to compete against some of the strong sides in this league and getting numbers out at training is essential, especially for some of the more inexperienced players. A good turnout on the training park last week paid dividends at the weekend"