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Randalstown U14 38
Enniskillen U14 12
Enniskillen under 14 entered the pool stage of the cup last Saturday with an away trip to Randalstown, who came 3rd in East 1 league this season. Skins started into a strong wind but started well, before losing possession early on which allowed the Randalstown monster 6 ft prop to run into the corner, unconverted to go 5-0 up. Skins went back down the other end and built some phases from a turn over that ended with a Nathan Nixon try under the posts, which Oisin Farry converted to take a 7-0 lead. Skins looked to be in the ascendency building some good phases, but again from a handling error Skins conceded and Randalstown scored under the posts.
Enniskillen went back down to the Randalstown half again in hopes of gaining the upper hand but another turnover resulted in a try out wide, the conversion missed. Shortly afterwards another turnover had Randalstown charging down the skins end to score a unconverted try. Skins regrouped well and won the ball back, worked it down the pitch for Charles Johnston to finish in the Corner, Oisin just wide with the conversion. Skins dominated to the half but had a tough task ahead.
Having expected to turn around with a wind advantage, and dominating line outs and scrums, Skin planned to close the gap but Mother Nature thought otherwise and the wind ceased, followed by constant stream of heavy rain fell. Skins created many chances now but got white line fever crept in as they rushed efforts to reduce the deficit, allowing Randalstown to scramble in defence. Skins got punished by some physical Randalstown players as they continued to get turned over 3 more times to leave a final Score of 39 to 12. The highlight of the game, however, had to be the last 5 minutes when Skins stopped the big prop short of the line and defended for 5 minutes against a rampant Randalstown attack which was fantastic to see from a young, developing side. Whilst this was a defeat on the scoreboard, there were many positives. Skins dominated scrum and line out to create some excellent possession, all that remains is the need to reduce small mistakes and improve the general focus and ability to react to mistakes and changes in gameplay, which all stems from experience. It's all to play for against Donegal on 11th March and Silverware still remains a target for the young side if this level of development continues.