|Enniskillen 2nd XV
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After a difficult time last season Enniskillen Second XV look to be in good form for the start of the junior league with their first competitive game of the season against Cavan in their annual Fletcher-Pollock cup encounter proving to be quite a one sided affair.
The crucial battle lay amongst the forwards and Enniskillen had to work hard from the start to subdue the large Cavan pack, good defensive work from flankers Stevie Frazer and Oli Gamble forced errors and kept the Cavan possession to a minimum.
When in attack the Enniskillen forwards displayed some relentless ball carrying, with Stevie Welsh at Number 8 constantly battering the Cavan defence. The hard work at the coal face paid dividends and allowed a superior backline to dominate the contest.
The fist score came from centre Jonny Foster who daringly passed up on an outside overlap to force his way over the try line. Lloyd Harte was next to cross the line minutes later on the wing after good close quarters carrying from Stevie Welsh at number 8 created a sea of space out wide.
The back line continued their dominance with good hands from fullback Chris Henry putting in form winger Chris Daley through for a score and finish the second half 17-6.
A blow came at the start of the second half as Stevie Welsh was forced from the pitch after an ankle injury, but Enniskillen remained in the ascendency.
Out-half John Maguire’s kicking for touch in open play was sublime and kept Cavan pinned deep in their own half, this combined with excellent pressure from Cathal McGarry on the Cavan line out gave skins the lion’s share of possession throughout.
The next score came off the back of a scrum with scrum-half Ricky Connor feeding Paul Burns who displayed excellent footwork to cross the line. The scrum was an overall balanced contest and despite Skins frequently getting the upper hand through the front row of Alan Ferguson, William Finlay and David Irvine, they were often penalised for their efforts for early drives and other infringements.
The penalty count from Enniskillen in the second half around the breakdown was high and at times kept Cavan in the game but despite tenacious Cavan defence Skins took their chances well and a great individual break from Richard Henderson increased the lead. Soon afterwards Dean Cashel finished off a backline move from a scrum to score in the corner for the final points of the game.
Captain Alan Ferguson was pleased with the result and is glad to see the hard work on the training park paying off.
“The lads are working hard, we had good numbers at training both Tuesday and Thursday this week and it paid off with the performance on the pitch, we need to keep up that standard and bring it into our first league game against Lisburn next week.”.
All support welcome at Mullaghmeen this weekend and the atmosphere at the club should be fantastic as the season gets into full flight with The First and Second XV both playing Lisburn at home on Saturday at 2.30pm, with music afterwards from Niall Dooris. The Third XV play local rivals Omagh this Friday night at 7.30pm in their first game of the season.