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Enniskillen Youth Report
Clogher U18 12
Enniskillen U18 33
Clogher U14 44
Enniskillen U14 25
On Saturday morning Skins U18’s made the short Journey to Clogher Valley, having won their opening League fixture last week and hoping to build on that victory. They knew it wasn’t an easy place to visit and come away with three points, with it being a Derby and missing several of their key players, it was up to their replacements to make the difference and in particular Lorcan McCaughey and Aidan McKenna who came into the pack and stepped up to the challenge. It was a very slow start for the Enniskillen U18 side, though credit must be given to Clogher who right from the whistle showed that they were up for a physical encounter and went through several phases off play with their forwards carrying and gaining ground on the Skins defence, there were some big tackles going in and for the first 10 minutes both teams failed to gain significant advantage.
The stalemate was broken on the 13th minute when, after some great attacking play by the Skins backline, Scrum half Josh Kyle fixed his two defenders and offloaded to his Centre Tyler Millar who had the simple task of carrying the ball over the line for his 1st converted try of the day. Soon afterwards the young Skins side played themselves into trouble inside their own 22, allowing Clogher to score in the corner, but failing to add the conversion on the 20th minute. This seemed to rejuvenate Clogher who then went through their phases of play with greater intent and, after some great defensive work by Skins inside their own 22, and big hits by Adrian Maguire and Rory Morris, Clogher finally broke their line and powered over on the 30th minute for a converted try, leaving the half time score Clogher up 12-7.
After a sobering talk from the coaches with the Skin boys at half time, they restarted the second half a different team and, after Aidan McKenna and Curtis McDonnell making great ground carrying ball, Conor Maguire powered over for an unconverted try on the 45th minute. Clogher then started kicking the ball down the throat of Paddy Fee in an attempt to put pressure on the young full back, but he kept catching the high balls with ease and running great lines that eventually allowed him to off load to centre Tyler Millar on the 50th minute, who powered over the line for his 2nd converted try of the day. On the 58th minute after some quick ball out to the backs centre Millar took another opportunity well and finished his hat-trick of the day by running over the line for his 3rd converted try. After a fantastic kick to touch on the 67th minute from Out half Jarlath Maguire, sailing 40 metres from a penalty, Skins were set for threatening lineout on Clogher’s 5 metre line. Skins won the lineout cleanly and Eoin Cleary punched through Clogher’s pack and powered over the line for another converted try. Final score 33-12 to Skins, continuing the great form from this under-18 side. The under-14s unfortunately suffered a 44-25 defeat to Clogher in their exciting, high scoring encounter.
All three youth sides take the field this Saturday at Mullaghmeen, hosting Donegal in the continuing league fixtures, kicking off at 11am.