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With the Skins youth teams all having a free weekend from the league, they remained keen to maintain momentum and lay a marker down, and what better way to do this than by taking on a team that is sitting top of the league above them in a friendly fixture.
Newry’s 3 youth teams arrived on Saturday morning to Mullaghmeen, and as they departed their bus the young Skins teams were clearly taken aback by the size and physicality of the Newry contingent. After reassurance and motivation from the coaches on the intended game place, Enniskillen got to work for what was to be a stern test for the young side.
The U18’s kicked off and after only 5 minutes Newry ran in a converted try in the corner to put the first points on the board. This seemed to kick start the young Skins and they started to go though several consistent phases of recycling the ball though Second row Aaron Kelly and Owen Mcgovern, who had outstanding games and they got their rewards when the Skins forwards had pushed up to Newry’s 5 metre line; Owen Mcgovern picked the ball from the back of the ruck and went though the gate to dive over the line for a converted try to leave the score 7 all. The next try came when a tap and go from the halfway line fed Centre Tyler Millar who cut open Newry’s defence by side stepping 7 players and powering over the line for a converted try to leave the score 14-7 with 19 minutes gone. Newry came back after chasing down a Skins clearance kick to score a try 3 minutes later to leave the scores at 14-12 to Skins. Both teams put in great defensive displays to maintain the scoreline and finish the half 14-12 to Skins.
Skins kicked off the second half and put pressure on Newry from the start, playing the next 10 minutes in Newry’s half and, after Captain Kieran Fee winning his 5th ball against the head at the scrum, feeding No 8 Jamie Kelly who gained great ground, setting up a forwards try when they recycled the ball though 12 phases of play and once again fed Kelly to power over the line for a converted try. The next try came when again, after great pressure from the Skins forwards, the ball came to fullback Paddy Fee who crossed over the line for a deserved try on the 45th minute to leave the Skins 26-12 to the good. On the 50th minute the elusive Out half Jarlith Maguire cut open Newry’s defence by passing 4 defenders for a great converted try to leave the score 33-12. Credit must be given to Newry as they didn’t relent until the final whistle and, after the young Skins playing themselves into trouble in their own 22, Newry chased down a Skins attempted clearance kick to score a try on the 55th minute. The last score came on the 61st minute when the Skins boys switched off prematurely for Newry to run a converted try in the corner to finish the final score 33-24 to Skins. This was a great warm up game for the U18’s as they head to face Cavan in their league next week and are looking to finish the first half of the league season unbeaten.