Enniskillen Ladies 1st XV v Omagh Ladies 1st XV Fixture - Nov 22, 2014

Team Score Pts
Enniskillen Ladies 1st XV 59 - 0 Omagh Ladies 1st XV

Match Report

Saturday night after Ireland's magnificent win in Dublin, Enniskillen Ladies took on local rivals Omagh Ladies at home in their first ever derby game.

After some brilliant performances of late Skins new coach Robert Watson was expecting another good performance. Omagh came into the game as relative newcomers to rugby but straight from the off they got stuck into Skins. They played some good rugby hard and direct and made some headway through some lackluster defending. After 5 minutes it was all Omagh putting together numerous phases of attack. After this period of defence Skins, through S.McMorrow, Brogan and Hallett gained possession and broke through tackles to score against the run of play when Noreen Nethercott went under the posts for her first try.

From the restart, Skins moved the ball quickly from their half into an offensive attack. Hallett made a break bringing play to Omaghs 22 but a turnover from Omagh and Skins are on the backfoot. C. McMorrow puts in a big hit and forces a knock on which results in a Skins scrum, several phases of well worked plays between forwards and backs and a ferocious line from Teague to score Skins 2nd try.

Skins third try came from Ashling Maguire who took the ball from the restart and crashed into contact, and after a number of phases working their way down the pitch, Skins set Maguire up to finish what she started where she fought her way with ball in hand over the line and under the posts.

Teague breaks through Omaghs line with superb strength and from the next few rucks, C.McMorrow takes a spectacular line, at blistering pace and goes over for a try.Back on the attack again and the ball is pushed to the right wing and into the hands of McCaffrey who gets the penalty for a high tackle on her at the 10 metre line. Nethercotts quick thinking while the opposition are sleeping allows her to dance through the defence and score yet again.

For the next few moments, Omagh create several phases of crash ball but don't get the ball out to their wings quick enough and are quickly wrapped up. Enniskillen force a line out in Omaghs 22, sucking in the defence, allowing Hall to deliver quick ball out to Skins backline but unfortunately a knock on due to greasy conditions and a scrum is awarded to Omagh in which the ball goes dead and half time called.

After the restart which seen Omagh kicking off right into the hands of Fionnuala Glover,

who crashed the ball straight up the middle of the defence, there was some good phases of getting the ball out to the wing, but the slippery conditions came into play again with Enniskillen loosing control of the ball and letting Omagh make a break for the try line, this was driven into touch by Maguire and Evans. The line out was easily won by Enniskillen and after some fantastic kicking from Murphy and sustained pressure from the whole skins side, Noreen Nethercott broke through for her fifth try of the night, this was then easily converted by Murphy.

Skins were on the attack from the kick off,  not letting the lead come into play and keeping their heads in the game. There was some really fantastic constructive play, with Brogan sucking in the defence, which allowed Hall to link with Murphy, which seen her score her first try of the season.

From the kick off, Enniskillen were back in the game, with Thompson running a fantastic line right into the Omagh 22, were she was tackled, the ball was moved out from the ruck but the game was halted due to the Omagh tackler still being down, a penalty was given however due to a number of injuries Omagh forcing the team down to 11 players, they were forced to call the game early. Leaving the score 59-0 to Enniskillen.

Coach Rob Watson, while disappointed with how the game ended, was delighted with the Ladies, third consecutive win which has left them in a very good position in the League with only two games left to go. The Ladies will being Playing Ballynahinch away on Sunday 30th.

Training continues Tuesday at 6.30pm and Thursday at 8pm.

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