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Enniskillen U-16 27
Portadown U-16 0
On Saturday past the Under-16s made up for their defeat to Portora the previous week with a convincing 27-0 win over Portadown. The medicine dished out in the previous week serving as a suitable tonic, and every man without exception stepped up their efforts in making this a solid forwards and backs performance.
With forwards dominating both set piece and loose play it was only a matter of time before their efforts were rewarded with a David Patton try. Portadown were offering stern defence but, with Enniskillen forwards Clarke, Roofe, Scallon and McKervey working the hard yards, the backs got on the score sheet with a well taken try by Daire Hill who spotted a gap with great awareness when the Portadown backs were over stretched. The excellent Skins defence in the backs, led again by David Quill, kept the score 10-0 at half time and, with the whole back line pressing hard, when the opposition did get the ball they were continually dominated by their opposite man or forced into handling errors.
The second half was to see some more expansive rugby and, with good lineout ball from Timoney and McKee, the backs were getting more opportunity to run with ball in hand. The handling was slick when needed and Portadown were constantly threatened by Jack O’Hare at inside centre, and runs from the back three of McGowan, Lindsay and Magee. It was Lee Lindsay who struck first when he stretched his legs to score out wide using his pace to round his opposite number. Changes were made to personnel in the second half, some positional and some forced through injury, but this change led to the newly “all black” booted, hard running Oisin Monaghan bulling over for a well deserved try, boldly passing on the 4-1 overlap outside him. The final try of the match was well taken by David Patton who was determined to get the brace when he ran what was probably half the length of the pitch, to the despair of the now tiring Portadown team, not to mention his own screaming team mates who wanted on the score sheet.
A fine performance by the entire squad leaving the coaches' job more difficult for future selections, but a problem they are undoubtedly happy to work with. There’s more to come from this team provided the new found commitment remains, most importantly on training nights to continue to develop player abilities and cement a squad for the remainder of the league season and the cup commitments in the new year.