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||Enniskillen 1st XV
Enniskillen continued their recent good form on Saturday past defeating Lisburn on their home patch and picking up a bonus point into the bargain. While lisburn are flirting with relegation, Skins have always found it difficult to achieve more than narrow victories against them in recent times.
On a rare dry and sunny day both sides took a little while to settle into the match but after 10 minutes a good drive from Jamie Johnston released Stephen Neill on a good run which brought skins near the lisburn line. Skins then won a lineout fifteen metres out but were unable to force their way over. After 15 minutes the visitors again had an attacking lineout only to lose their throw, but Kaine holden reacted well and charged down the relieving kick for a well-earned try. For the next fifteen minutes, it was lisburn who looked the more likely side and in truth Enniskillen played poorly, losing some lineouts, showing poor line speed and being guilty of some aimless kicking. A good drive by Wilkinson however, raised the siege and shortly afterwards good work by Maguire put James Ferguson away to bring play back to the lisburn line. From this good territory just on halftime Jamie Johnston muscled his way over for a second try to leave it 10-0 at the half.
Skins kicked off in the second half and quickly established control. Following good pressure near the lisburn line Wilkinson forced his way over for a converted try. Skins started to get on top at this stage as the lisburn challenge faded. Play was now taking place mainly in the lisburn half as Skins started to move the ball “through the hands”. Credit to lisburn that the fourth try did not come until the 70 minute mark when Stephen Neill finished off a good move for a try, converted by Adam Lendrum. On the 75th minute Alan Wilkinson continued to lead by example and got his second try after an unstoppable forward drive. Kaine holden capped a fine display with his second try in the closing minutes to seal a comprehensive victory.
A good display from Skins in the end with a bonus point victory to maintain the momentum they have built up since Christmas. Every week now will bring another big game, provided they stay focused on the job in hand there is no reason why this team could not achieve real success before the season is out. The 1st XV now host Donaghadee this Saturday at home and will seek to continue their rampage and avenge a poor display in the away leg earlier in the season.