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Enniskillen Under-14s 45
Domegal U-14s 0
Clear blue skies welcomed the new youth season as Enniskillen hosted Donegal last Saturday morning in a well supported fixture by parents and spectators. Unfortunately the visitors could not field an under-16 or 18 side so it was just the youngest Skins side who played, and it was a very encouraging display by the team.
From the first whistle they showed their intent with winger Josh Saunderson taking the ball from Skins’ 22 and sprinting the length of the pitch to score a try, converted by Coillte Farry leaving Donegal down by seven points.
Good defensive work after a Donegal five yard scrum brought the home team out of their own half and an excellent steal by scrum half John Armstrong allowed Ciaran McLoughlin to score out on the wing. The next ten minutes were spent in the visitors half with good offensive running by James Ross and Arthur Conlan, weakening the defence which led to two great scores by out half Ethan Daly, the second converted with the last kick of the half by Farry to leave it 24 unanswered points at the break.
The second half followed a similar pattern with the forward pack dominating and the half back combination of Armstrong and Daley orchestrating the backs, allowing the centre partners Skuce and Farry to impose themselves on the opposition. With 5 minutes of the half played, Captain James Ross was rewarded for his hard work with a thundering run through the defensive line and, despite three Donegal defenders trying valiantly to stop the young prop, he powered over under the posts to leave an easy conversion for Farry. Five minutes later and young Farry showed his carrying ability to top off an accurate kicking performance as he rounded the overstretched Donegal defence to touch down himself, the easy conversion left it 38 to nil. With time running out it was left to Ciaran McLaughlin to round off a great display when he split the tiring visitors in the last play of the game and left an another easy conversion for young Farry to leave the final score 45 to nil.
This young side endured a very hard introduction to Ulster youth rugby last year and suffered some heavy defeats to much stronger and older opponents, but their determination and spirit was shown every time they put on the Skins jersey, it is a credit to them that they persevered and they demonstrated on Saturday their ability to play some exciting and skilful rugby.