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Enniskillen Under-16s 22
Clogher Valley Under-16s 0
Enniskillen Under 16’s got their league campaign under way with a decisive win over local rivals Clogher Valley last Saturday, racking up a 22-0 scoreline. On a morning that didn’t favour running rugby it was a stalemate for the first 15 minutes with both sides trying to dominate the close quarters arm wrestle. It wasn’t until Clogher conceded a penalty in front of their posts that this young Skins side, compiled mostly of last years U14’s, got their nose in front, and this seemed to be the boost they needed to kick start their game. A try followed when Jay Maguire finished off what was a great run of play by both forwards and backs, whose work from several breakdowns was eventually rewarded when slick distribution made the space out wide, leaving the half time score 10-0.
The 2nd half started again with Skins having the slight upper hand in loose play but it was to be the defensive work by all that kept Clogher at bay. As fatigue crept in gaps started to appear amongst the visiting defence and this gave Jack O’Hare from scrum half the room he needed to speed away for a try under the posts, converted by Oisin Monaghan. It was at this point that it looked like Skins were going to run away with the game but a repeated offence left Skins with a man in the bin, and for a while it looked as if Clogher had a sniff of getting back into the game; again, however, repeated courageous tackling by, in particular the two centres Flynn & Quill, kept them at bay. A final unconverted try was deserved when again a great build up of play led to a try out wide finished by Oisin Jackson. With a 22-0 victory it was pleasing to keep a clean sheet but further point scoring opportunities were definitely missed. Both sides were keen to run the ball and make a contest of it despite the weather, and, with players both young and experienced showing their commitment, fitness and ability, it may be a difficult season for the coaches when it comes to naming their 22 man Saturday squad every week with so much to choose from. Credit to the supporters from both Enniskillen and Clogher Valley for braving the elements on the day. The Under-14s suffered a 40-0 defeat against their Clogher counterparts while the Under-18s racked up an impressive 52-7 victory in their Friendly away to Portadown. All youth teams now head to Donegal this weekend.