Enniskillen 2nd XV v Armagh 3rd XV Fixture - Jan 9, 2016

Team Score Pts
Enniskillen 2nd XV 15 - 5 Armagh 3rd XV

Match Report

Enniskillen 2nd XV    15
Armagh 3rd XV    5

Enniskillen 2nd XV hosted a strong Armagh 3rds at Mullaghmeen on Saturday past and it took a 7th consecutive win for skins to prevent Armagh recording their 9th consecutive cup and league victory. It was always going to be a close encounter Armagh and countered an early Burrell penalty with an unconverted try in the first half leaving the score 3-5. Skins were guilty of forcing the play at times and handing back possession too often from unforced errors in the first half. They rectified this in the second half, the pack dominating the scrum with the experience of Ferguson and Breen, and the forwards carried the ball with direct running through Thornton, Elliott and Beatty, with centres Burns and Henderson making inroads through the backs. Despite losing McGarry with a dislocated thumb Renfrew stepped up and secured lineout ball in the second half, and shortly afterwards returning talent Magwood also had to leave the field injured but was aptly replaced by the speedy Forbes. After successive carries and rucks the ever opportunist scrum half McCleery from two yards out wriggled through tacklers to ground the ball for the first skins try, converted by Burrell. With confidence growing, and after fullback Kelly being disallowed a try for a double movement, it was he who was on the end of a lovely team move; the pack did their work by bringing play into Armagh's 22 with some hard carries before Burrell, on the loop around from Burns, hit Kelly wide with an inch perfect pass, allowing the fullback to disregard his outside support and win the footrace to the line for skins' second try, leaving the final score 15-5. It must be said Armagh had come to win, their huge, experienced number 8 was more than nullified by captain Willis, who's growing well into his new position at 8, assisted by the tenacious and versatile Gibson with Henry on the wing who pressed and tackled excellently to cut out the wide threat. A really superb team display and result from a young, developing skins side with the ability and enthusiasm to have a successful season ahead.