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Instonians Under-16s 0
Enniskillen Under-16s 49
After suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of League 2 winners Ballymena last week skins U16's dusted themselves down for a semi final Ulster Shield game away to Instonians Belfast. On a day with all this season’s weather, sun, rain and even snow it was a focused Skins side that got on the score sheet first when the pace of Lee Lindsay left Inst in his wake from almost the halfway line, converted by Oisin Monaghan. The forwards didn't have it all their own way with the Inst pack on occasion being dominant in attack but, when put on the back foot by the strong carrying of Aaron Clarke, Dan Roofe and Diarmuid Scallon, this big pack were found wanting for pace. It was from one of these carries that a hole opened up big enough for Scallon to walk right through and, to his disbelief, he too carried from the halfway to touch down under the posts, converted again by Monaghan. Some needless penalties were given away in the Inst half which kept giving them a foothold back into the game but in typical skins fashion they marched the opposition back down the pitch with quick pick and go’s from Dylan McKervey and Conan Leonard. With David Patton’s introduction into the game he was to be the link to set Lee Lindsay away on another flyer, again scorching his way under the posts, these conversions were proving too easy for Monaghan with 3 out of 3 leaving the score 21-0. The backs too had their say in the first half with Daire Hill controlling the territory well and on more than one occasion setting Alex Armstrong away on some barnstorming runs, dipping the shoulder into his opposite 12 and making hard yards with Monaghan close at hand to support.
The second half got off to a good start with Ryan Skuce notching up another try when he was at hand following a series of drives from the pack, again converted. Inst started tire and within the next couple of minutes when skins pressed hard up on the backs Monaghan was gifted an interception try which he duly converted. Skins continued to dominate things and less than ten minutes later Jack Mckee was at hand to cross the line for another converted score. Twice Armstrong crossed the line only to be denied by the ref. Dylan Roberts came into the line well on several occasions from full back and almost got himself on the score sheet, and was judged to have given a forward pass when he offloaded to McGowan who showed a clean pair of heels. With all the Enniskillen subs now on the field they picked up where the others left off. With Shane McGrail, Garvin Gilleece and Tim Ryan on the pitch these fresh legs led to another forwards spurt and the match finished with Scallon again getting on the score sheet. While it seemed a one sided affair it was far from it, credit goes to Oisin Timoney for his never ending hard work in the loose and Mattie Brown, Jordan Anderson and Tom McGowan who also did their fair share of the defensive duties. From the coach's perspective it was a job well done, with all players stepping up to the mark and throwing the proverbial hat in the ring for the 22 man cup final spot. The coaches have some tough decisions to make now over the next 2 weeks as this squad of around 28 players who've worked tirelessly all season for a league title compete for a place in the 22 man squad for the approaching Shield Final.