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Letterkenny 2nd XV 0
Enniskillen 3rd XV 27
Enniskillen 3rd XV continued with successive wins on the road as they travelled to Letterkenny last Saturday, despite an arguably subpar display against the Donegal men.
The returning Dan Allister opened the scoring with a penalty kick early on after sustained pressure from the forwards. Soon after, following some strong carries deep into the opposition 22 by the pack, simple hands along the backline saw fullback Chris Daley touch down in the corner. Daley added a second try in the opposite corner when Hurst saw the space and aimed a perfect cross field kick for a simple catch and touchdown.
In a frustratingly stop-start game with a lot of injuries and unforced errors, possession never lasted long enough for either team to gain momentum, let alone enough phases to be truly dangerous. Willis from 8 carried ball well but much too often single runners and slow support resulted in turnovers. Ironically Chris Fox at flanker, one of the best supporting players on the day, was on hand to collect a pop from Hurst and glide in under the sticks in the second half for a we'll deserved try; Allister converted.
The Skins scrum welcomed back from Oz an old Enniskillen stalwart at hooker in the shape of Tommy Clarke; after a seven year absence he looked like he'd never been away, but unfortunately the scrum’s dominance was thwarted due to Letterkenny injuries and went uncontested.
Probably Skins’ highlights on the day came in defence when initial poor tackling let Letterkenny threaten the skins try line for several phases near the end. Skins defenders Gary Thornton and Richie Willis, followed two phases later by Alan Wilkinson and Steven Murphy, picked up would be scorers and drove them back over the line; this determination to keep a clean sheet will stand to the team in tougher matches ahead. Wilkinson was yellow carded for the final 10 minutes but in his absence good carries from Eric Elliott and Michael Cadden, with insightful vision by centre Chris Dickie in the backline, saw Skins hunting for the bonus point try. It was the constant provider at out half Keith Hurst, who slipped the defence to burst through under the posts and snatch the bonus point. Allister again converted to sign off on a good day from the boot to leave it 27-0 and two from two bonus point wins in the league. Skins 3s will hope to repeat this result, but hopefully with a better performance, at home to Rainey this Saturday. All support welcome. Best of luck to the unbeaten 2nd XV who have a challenging day ahead away to Portadown.