||25 - 5
Enniskillen U16 25
Cavan U16 5
Saturday was a role reversal for the U16’s when a friendly against Cavan allowed an opportunity for some patient and loyal subs, those that were available along with a sprinkling of regulars, to make up the fifteen, with the remainder hiding in the dugout away from the elements.
With mass changes to personnel this sometimes leads to a fragmented game but credit to all involved as this was not to the case, and it was Skins who were to settle first with a fine try by Alex Armstrong who scored out wide following several phases of close forward play. With the stormy weather this was to be a forwards game, the scrum performed well through the front row of Conan Leonard, Dylan McKervey and Garvin Gilleece. Jack McKee now seems to be returning to full fitness and, partnered by Ryan Skuce in the second row, both made good runs and ensured the ball was always made available following contact. Shane McGrail, starting his first match at wing forward, had a fine game and seemed to relish not being in his usual position of front row and having the freedom to make several good runs with ball in hand. Oisin Timoney did his usual dirty quiet job of tackling any threats offered by Cavan, and having a canny knack of being first to the breakdown to secure ball with Alex Armstrong never too far behind in support.
With a gale blowing this was leaving handling very difficult for both sides but with this young enthusiastic Skins side wanting to get noticed they were trying to play an expansive game on their home patch. Their slight edge in attack was well utilised when Jordan Anderson on the wing scored in the corner for a 10-0 lead. Cavan were not to be outdone and continued to offer a test for Skins' defence but on one occasion were found short in numbers which allowed the lead to be reduced to 10-5 at half time.
With both sides keen to dominate the encounter in the second half the Skins team got back into their stride early on when the fresh legs of David Patton took him on a solo run to touch down in the corner. Skins continued to mount attacks which Cavan defended well both in forwards and backs but from turnover ball it was to be another forward rumble which led to Alex Armstrong getting his second of the day. With a totally rejigged back line on the day their first outing together was solid with Jay Maguire at scrum half being the link man, always trying to set off the pacey back three of Jordan Anderson, Dillan Roberts and Gareth Presley whilst Jack O’Hare, Oisin Monaghan and the converted forward Cormac Boylan, offered aggressive attacking threats closer in. With only two substitutions made at half time it was to be another regular who was to get his name on the score sheet when Aaron Clarke kept up his scoring record with another fine try scored again out wide, much to the annoyance of the goal kicker Oisin Monaghan who ended his day on a duck leaving the final score 25-5 to Skins.
Next Saturday sees the much sought after return fixture against Portora, who will be looking for stiff opposition as they build up for the Medallion Shield after Christmas. A venue and time will be posted when confirmed and as usual all support is very welcome and much appreciated.