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Skins 3rd XV travelled to DerryYM on Saturday full of optimism on the back of last weeks convincing home win over Letterkenny. Indeed when Ross Duncan bundled over for the opening try after several phases of early pressure, and returning outhalf Keith Hurst slotted a penalty soon after, it looked like last weeks form would continue. However, DerryYM weren't about to roll over and as skins squandered chances their pack began to apply severe pressure and, only for some last ditch cover tackling from the excellent Richard Henderson, it looked at one point Skins could throw away their lead. It was his replacement flanker Dave Cadden on his first game of the season who added to the score next; when an overlap was squandered by the backs and it looked like an opportunity missed, Dave smuggled the ball from the ruck and dived over from close quarters. The other replacement in the first half was the introduction of débutante Michael O'Connor to the backline where he soon showed his strength and balance to run a good line to collect a well timed pass from centre partner John Gamble, and burst through two would be tacklers to score his first of the season. Half-time score 18-0.
Despite the scoreline it wasn't the performance Skins had hoped for, often spreading the ball wide too early and not dominating upfront, although hooker Andy McCrea and lock Frankie Fee did disrupt and steal ball at the set piece all day. It took some graft to gain dominance and frequent knock-ons along with a concession of penalties didn't help Skins. However, with Gordie Gregg leading the attack with his illusive breaks the backline soon found the space for young John McLaughry to side step not one, but two defenders, finishing excellently in the corner. Lock Stephen Tummon who grafted tirelessly all day in both defence and attack deserved to finish from close quarters after some good ball carrying from props Adi Breen and Jamie McKane. Skins did come under a spell of intense pressure and, after several tap penalties, their defensive line was finally broken for a well deserved DerryYM try. It was good to see Enniskillen finish the stronger side with Gareth Donaldson from full-back counter attacking superbly, supported well by wings James Cunningham and Ryan Irwin. Skins managed to score their 6th, and the final try of the day, through John Gamble, when live-wire scrum half Chris Fox quickly recycled to put him in the corner. Replacement kicker Michael O'Connor added three difficult conversions leaving the final score 39-5 to Enniskillen.
14 tries in two weeks from a youthful squad is an encouraging precedent before facing an undefeated Omagh away next Friday night. A further congratulations to Skins 2nd XV Captain Richie Willis as his team also secured a bonus point win at home to Ballinahinch on Saturday to mark the big man’s birthday.