||22 - 10
Skins travelled light to Letterkenny with a few last minute cry offs and a couple of no shows meaning they had to take to the field with fourteen players, however Letterkenny very sportingly matched their numbers and also started with fourteen. Skins faced a very large pack with a number 8 at well over six foot tall but were undeterred and started well trying to move the ball around the pitch at every opportunity. The two sides traded blows until against the run of play Letterkenny broke the Ekn line to score a try which they failed to convert.
At the restart Nial Keenan chased the kick and his pressure paid off as he was able to gather the ball and drive forward taking almost the entire pack to put him to ground, the ball being recycled quickly and driven forward by Oisin Monaghan who was having an impressive debut at flanker. The ball was then swiftly passed along the backline and Jack OHaire crashed over the line to score in the corner which was unconverted.
Letterkenny came straight back putting sustained pressure on the Skins line which was defended strongly managing to hold up the LK pack who eventually crossed over but did not score. The size of the LK pack was beginning to take its toil as straight away they crossed the line again only to successfully ground the ball on this occasion. The try was unconverted.
Shortly after the restart LK were penalised for a high tackle and Daire Hill opted to kick long for the corner. The ball did not make touch but bounced between the defending backline towards the line and Conan " The Barbarian" Leonard showed great pace and alertness to beat the LK players over the line to ground the ball leaving the score all square at half time.
After the break the large LK pack became more dominant with Ekn having to do all the defending with the exception of a strong solo effort by Daire Hill who was just held up on the line.
Ekn never stopped working but were out on their feet with ten minutes to go and LK crossed the line for two late tries at the end of the second half which in fairness could have been more but for the impressive defensive display of OHaire at 15, making the final score 22 - 10.
One to put down to experience and to check the calendar for the return fixture at Mullaghmeen.