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Saturdays top of table clash at Letterkenny coached by old Portorian Shane Fulton saw the Enniskillen under 16 team both having to defend and attack a well organised team. The midfield backs had to defend like demons and were given very little time when in possession. Our forwards marshalled by Josh Kyle retained and worked the ball well going forward and when the backs were stopped they were on hand to finish off the scoring.
The first few phases of play were an indication that this was to be a true test of the young Skins players, but through good carrying and support back row forward Cleary broke the defence and got the first try on the board after three minutes. Letterkenny started to apply pressure and after an indiscretion by a Skins player they were awarded a penalty which was slotted over to bring the score back to five three. The visitors showed they were going to play their own game when Rory Morris powered through the first up defence to add the next score which out Half Jarlaith Maguire converted increasing the lead to 12 points to 3. The remainder of the first half was a battle of the forwards and both teams found it difficult to break down the opposing defensive lines.
After only five minutes of the second half the stalemate was broken when after good offloads and support running second row Connor Maguire showed his strength and pace to cross the white wash for an unconverted try and increase the margin to 17 to 3.
Letterkenny responded 5 minutes later with converted try of their own and bring it back to a one score game at 17 to 10.
The pressure was eased shortly after when young Cleary got his second of the morning and Maguire put over a great kick for the two additional points and restore a fourteen point advantage which was held to the final whistle.
This was a step up in class and the coaches were impressed to see the way the young Enniskillen players coped with more accomplished and well drilled opposition. They must treat this as a stepping stone and look forward to the rest of the season where they will faced stern tests in both the league and cup if they are to for-fill their undoubted potential.