Enniskillen 3rd XV v Omagh 4th XV Fixture - Mar 19, 2016

Team Score Pts
Enniskillen 3rd XV 50 - 0 Omagh 4th XV

Match Report

Enniskillen 3rd XV    50
Omagh 4th XV    0

Second placed League side Omagh 4th XV travelled to Enniskillen 3rd XV on Saturday intent on a win to take the top league spot with only a few games left. However, a bright start from a young Skins side put a perhaps complacent Omagh on the back foot as winger James Cunningham established first blood and crossed the line excellently after some slick passing from the backs. Skins kept up the pressure through the pack, dominating the scrum and breakdown area, with debutant hooker Matthew McCabe turning ball over several times on the Omagh put in. Scrum-half Paddy McCleery, the closest equivalent skins have to Leicester’s goal machine Jamie Vardy given his try count, added the first of his two tries next with a sniping run. Another youngster in his first season going from strength to strength is centre John McLaughry who gracefully stepped three would be tacklers before racing under the posts from the 22 metre line. Not to be outdone, returning student and fellow centre Jordan Hylton took a more direct route using speed and power to get over in the corner from twenty metres out. Possibly the most individual and skillful of the tries on the day came from fullback Keelin Kelly, gathering a clearing kick in his own half he countered impressively by chip kicking and beating two defenders to gather the bounce in his stride and race under the posts from 30 metres out. Keith Hurt and Kelly added 3 conversions to give a healthy and unexpected 36-0 half time lead to Enniskillen. Unfortunately a little complacency perhaps allowed a newly energised Omagh team to start the second half strongly, pressuring the skins line. Only for a knock on over the line and a dive on a loose ball in the corner just short of the line, Omagh could have staged a reprisal. Thankfully a good turnover from another debutant backrow man, the robust Lewis Millar, helped relieve the pressure and allow his backs to clear their lines. The remainder of the contest was played in the Omagh half with Cunningham showing pace to score his second and finally the forwards getting in on the act with Dave Cadden showing a dummy pass to the ever supporting Steven Tummon and stepping inside the defender to score out wide, Hurst added the conversions. The third senior debutant on the day, U18 hooker Kieran Fee must be acknowledged for his bravery and work rate around the park for a solid first outing. At 50-0 it was decided to blow the game up early to put an end to an all-round excellent team performance. Promising prospects lie ahead for the freshers in the club if they can show commitment and consistency over the remaining 3 games, including away to Donegal this Saturday and a home derby with league leaders Clogher Valley over Easter. All support for the young players is welcomed as they continue to present a bright future for the club.