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Enniskillen 2XV 8
Dromore 2XV 8
Enniskillen 2nd XV hosted Belfast Harlequins 3XV at home last Saturday in a hard fought fixture that ended in a rare 8-8 draw. The visitors had the early pressure but a big defensive effort kept the scoresheet blank and Skins responded with some impressive forward carries up the field through the pack; the back row of Willis, Elliott and Mulholland industrious in attack. A kick to the corner was followed by severe pressure on the Quins full back from Dan Allister and Chris Henry with the fullback fumbling and Henry collecting the ball to cross for a try, unconverted by Charlton.
An early injury to Conor Hoy had Mulholland moving out to the backs and Grey coming into the pack but Skins went about their business and looked well in control. Charlton missed a penalty attempt after good pressure from the pack but compensated shortly after, slotting a difficult kick from far out to bring Skins 8-0 up. Enniskillen were playing all the rugby now approaching half time but made a lot of unforced areas at critical times during the game and missed out on some opportunities for points. Harlequins managed to get on the scoreboard before halftime when a penalty was awarded for illegal entry at the ruck and the half ended 8-3 to Skins.
The second half was mostly Harlequins possession with the wind at their backs and a huge defensive effort was asked from the home side. With so much possession in the Skins half it was a huge task to keep them out and the visiting hooker eventually made his way over the line after a lengthy period of short range carries from the pack to go drawn 8-8.
The rest of the contest remained an arm wrestle and the Enniskillen continued to defend admirably. Phillip Dickey marshalled the defence well at centre and the pack worked hard to keep the visitors out, Gary Thornton and Aaron Kelly putting in an industrious shift at second row. Allister had a solid run at fullback and was safe under the high ball throughout. Skins kept their line clear for the rest of the fixture but failed to claim any points and the game ended in a draw.
While the win eluded them it was still well ground out points at home for the 2nd XV and a lot of positives as they travel to Ballynahinch 5XV this Saturday.