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Match Report Skins U16's vs Cavan U16's 11/02/17
Enniskillen under-16s traveled to Cavan on Saturday where they faced one of the biggest sides they had encountered so far. The first half was a fantastic display of both discipline and defence, with Cavan's huge pack putting Skins under pressure for long periods, but in the end they held firm. As half time approached Skins number 13 Quill had to be replaced with an ankle injury, forcing the coaches to reshuffle the pack, with Monaghan and McKee coming on and Grannell going off as they sought to cope with Cavan's attacking threat, feeling the big Cavan pack would surely tire if they got to half time.
The second half saw Enniskillen start to dominate at the breakdown and spread the ball wide where they knew they would be the most dangerous. At 45 minutes Leonard and Timoney combined to turn over possession and O'Hare fired a pass to Jackson, stepping his opposite number to cross into the 22 where he out muscled Cavan's full back to score the 1st try of the match; converted by Monaghan. Skins were now starting to show some impressive skills with the forwards working hard to secure good quality ball for the backs, spreading it wide to the wings at every opportunity. At 50 minutes Cavan knocked the ball on and Skins won their own scrum on Cavan's 22 meter line; Hill at 10 had called the play which saw Maguire run a great line from fullback into outside centre, receiving the ball from Flynn to race over the line for Skins’ second try of the match, again converted by Monaghan. With 10 minutes remaining the bench was emptied with Fee, McCarney and Thompson making way for McDonnell, McManus and Monteith.
The match was then stopped for 10 minutes due to an injured Cavan player who was, thankfully, not seriously hurt. When play resumed it was a gruelling forwards battle for possession, with Keenan and Clarke leading form the front they secured the ball for O'Hare to feed Hill, passing long to Anderson on the wing, tackled short but offloading the ball inside to a supporting Jackson who again outpaced the Cavan defence to touch down for skins’ third try of the match, converted again my Monaghan. With 5 minutes left Enniskillen were determined not to concede any points in what was their most physical game of the season and held out until a relieving final whistle to take home a deserving 21-0 win, a great way to end their league campaign.