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Both Skins Youth Sides Gather Points in Ards
Ards u18 5
Skins u18 40
Ards u14 19
Skins u14 31
The Under 18 team continued to illustrate what a great sport rugby is on Saturday past as, although they have some undoubted star players, when it comes to match day or on the training park it is a pleasure to watch the entire squad give 100%, whether it be the speedy winger, the explosive strength of a centre or the larger players in the pack.
This was evident on Saturday morning when they had to make the long Journey to Newtownards, coming off the back of a free weekend and a very early start on the road, the Skins players and coaches were wary of the team harbouring cobwebs, but this was not to be the case.
Right from the start Enniskillen laid down a marker when, from a quick lineout on the halfway line, Skins got the ball out to winger Michael O’Hare who broke the line at speed off a well worked backline move, and drew two defenders before offloading to centre Tyler Millar, allowing him to cut open the Ards defence and power over the line for his 1st converted try of the day. Two minutes later young Millar was on the scoresheet again when, after great grunt work from the skins pack allowed some quick ball, he cut open the Ards back line to run in for his 2nd converted try of the day after 10 minutes.
The Ards team were shell shocked by these scores but credit must be given to them by the way they sought to come back into the game. Ards picked themselves up admirably and got their defence organised to keep the young skins at bay.
The next score came on the 32nd minute after great thinking by scum half Josh Kyle who executed a box kick at the back of a ruck; the chase from Aidan McKenna put severe pressure on the Ards fullback who spilled the ball and McKenna managed a skilful kick over the line and grounding for an unconverted try, leaving the score Skins 19-0 to the good at half time.
Skins started the second half in similar fashion with the pack dominating the ruck area with the help of David Jenkins and Owen McGovern, allowing number 8 Jamie Kelly to punch holes in the Ards defence with a lot of powerful ball carrying. Eventually after a line break Kelly offloaded to Flanker Eoin Cleary who made a couple of great side steps and powered over the line for his 1st converted try of the day on the 40th minute. Ards responded with great determination to score an unconverted try on the 45th minute, showing their refusal to lie down and getting on the scoreboard at 26-5. The young Skins side, however, didn’t rest on their laurels, and on the 50th minute a great off load by hooker Kieran Fee released Eoin Cleary, who made great work by sweeping past 4 defenders to power over the line for his 2nd converted try of the day. Young Millar finished off his second hat-trick of the season on the 55th with a carbon copy of young Cleary’s try, receiving an offload from Cleary on the halfway line and passing 4 defenders to score his 3rd converted try of the day. Final score 40-5 to the young Skins side.
The Under-14s also came away with points from their encounter with Ards, winning the contest 31-19. The young side continue to improve with a host of new faces donning the maroon jersey for the first time in recent weeks of the new season. This was a physical battle for the developing side and their continued improvement, particularly around the ruck and in first up tackling, was evident throughout. It’s clear this side has a massive amount of potential if this level of progress continues through the season.