Cavan U16s v Enniskillen U16s Fixture - Nov 28, 2015

Team Score Pts
Cavan U16s 0 - 19 Enniskillen U16s

Match Report

The Under-16s also took the points from their Cavan encounter and, following close inspection of the pitch, it was surprising that this match was played at all with the amount of standing water, however the two sides to their credit certainly tried to play open rugby. Skins were to get on the score board inside the first five minutes with a well taken try by Lee Lindsay after the backs spun the ball wide. A last minute positional change had seen David Quill switch to scrum half and he was kept busy by his mobile pack who constantly kept Cavan under pressure in all areas of the pitch. From one of those surges it was David Patton who got on the score sheet a second week on the trot to again push skins further in front. With Daire Hill finding his range up the touchlines and making sensible yardage he then turned his confidence to running the ball out the backs, who again with good hands put Lindsay in for his second of the day, sliding over in the corner. He was to be denied a third try when, from almost the same situation, he was judged to have let the ball go forward on grounding. With Monaghan making two conversions from three this left the half time score at 19-0.

The second half very quickly saw all the subs coming off the bench, whether they wanted to or not. This didn’t weaken the Skins performance and they were tested both in attack and defence from a Cavan side who also brought on some fresh legs, and looked maybe as if they would mount a reprisal, but the Skins defence has improved greatly this season and a tenacious effort kept another clean sheet on the day. With the majority of the game played inside the Cavan half it was no surprise that Skins kept up the goal line pressure. On three occasions late in the game Skins were denied by the referee who adjudged a knock on from the grounding, and two unsighted groundings when surging runs from Boylan, Armstrong and Clarke brought them over the line. This left the final score unchanged at 19-0 in a game that was played in good spirit if not good conditions.

Cavan, much like Enniskillen this season, have a large squad and have agreed to travel to Enniskillen this week to give their 2nd team a run out against Skins Under-16s 2nd XV. The unprecedented depth of the under-16 sides is fantastic to see at Enniskillen and a continued training effort will undoubtedly lead to success for the side this season.