QUEENS v ENNISKILLEN 2ND XV Fixture - Oct 11, 2014

Team Score Pts

Match Report

Enniskillen 2nd XV travelled to Queens University 3rd XV following a great win from the week before against Ballynahinch and hoping for a repeat. Unfortunately this was not to be, Skins travelled with a depleted but never the less, committed team of only 14 men following approximately 35-40 cry offs throughout the senior club during the week building up to the match. Never the less, the 14 Skins men that took to the pitch at the DUB had a very spirited and hearty performance coming off second best to a youthful and organised Queens team.

Straight from the kick off Enniskillen kept the pressure on playing the majority of the match in the queens half thanks to the accuracy of Keith Hurst’s kicking ensuring the home team were kept pinned back deep into their own half. Along with excellent lineout work from the experienced Wright, Grey and Bradshaw and defensive efforts of the entire team, in particular Joel Johnston who tackled anything in Queens colours that moved, Skins played and excellent tactical game and can feel very unfortunate not to have taken the win from this match.

Unfortunately early in the first half, the accuracy and speed of the queens back line allowed them to score two consecutive tries from deep inside their own half, leaving the score 14-0 from early on to the home side. This score line did not reflect the run of play as skins were in control of all aspects of the game, with Willis, Frazer and Tummons carrying the ball continuously with intent and causing damage.

In the first 10 minutes of the second half the Enniskillen pressure eventually paid off with the scrum, with a new front row of Frazer, Culchie and Wright causing the damage resulting in a Queens player being sent to the bin for repeat offenses at the scrum. Soon after this skins got a penalty 5 metres out and elected to take the scrum. Richie Grey who has a great performance playing at 8, was stopped just inches short but was quickly followed up by Stephen Tummons who touched down for the first Skins try of the match leaving the score 14-5 to the home team.

Shortly after, skins began to build pressure again attacking the Queens line, following numerous forward drives the Skins back line put width on the ball allowing Gordy White to score wide out, the conversion was scored leaving the score 14-12 with ten minutes left to play.

Enniskillen continued as they had done for the entire match, keeping good field position, playing the game deep in the queens half. Following an excellent break by Cathal McGarry, the ball was unfortunately lost allowing the queens backs to again spread the ball wide and score in the corner extending their lead again to 19-12. In the remaining minutes skins came close to taking the lead, attacking the queens line but unfortunately to no avail, leaving the final score 19-12 to Queens.

Even in defeat, the lads that took to the pitch can be extremely proud of their performances, the commitment and the heart shown by each player on the pitch was second to none. Enniskillen RFC would also like to wish William Finlay all the best as this was his last match for Enniskillen for the foreseeable future as he leaves for Canada to take up a new job in the coming weeks.