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Clogher Valley U16s 5
Enniskillen U16s 29
Skins U16’s fielded an injury laden team against local rivals Clogher Valley last Saturday but were able to walk away with their heads held high after a 29-5 win. Skins started the stronger of the two sides, with a visibly higher tempo than Clogher, and this wrought rewards when they opened the score with a fine try from Jack O’Hare, then regrettably sustaining an injury which forced him to leave the field. With the forwards dominant in loose play they denied the opposition the ball for long spells at a time, and it wasn’t long before the replacement scrum half Matty Brown got on the score sheet out wide. Skins continued to move the ball well wide, with forwards and backs both being involved in passages of play. Soon a third try was notched up when “goose step” Jay Maguire squeezed in narrowly in the corner; while a slide might have been the safer option he took the points well and gave Skins a 17-0 lead at half time.
The second half was much the same with the forwards comfortably keeping the Valley opposition from launching any notable attacks. Again the home side were to be prominent in some great handling passages of play which was to be rewarded by a second try from Jay Maguire, closely followed by a fifth as Aaron Clarke was in close support of yet another attacking play to rumble over. With two of the five tries converted by Oisin Monaghan it was thought this was the final score but some napping on the Skins line following a penalty to Valley was to see the visitors score a consolation try to leave 29-5 the final score. Special mention to Fergus Fee for an outstanding effort in the second row, and Ben Monteith who played his best game this season so far. It was additionally a great performance from the rest of the team who have had to put up with lots of positional changes in the last couple of weeks. Credit to both teams who endeavoured to play an expansive game of rugby, which in these local derbies isn’t always the case. Thanks also to Jim Kathro, the last minute stand in referee who thankfully saved the fixture.