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Enniskillen 2XV 33
Larne 2XV 0
A youthful Enniskillen 2nd XV side put in a solid team performance last Saturday at home against strong Larne opposition to come away with a 33-0 win in an entertaining display.
Skins put the visitors on the back foot immediately with a physical display from the forwards. The back row rampaged up the pitch with Jamie Kelly typically leaving would be tacklers in his wake, well supported by back row Eric Elliott. After a period of pressure on the Larne try line it was Gary Thornton who crossed for first blood from 5 metres out.
Larne weren’t a side to make life easy for Skins and they responded with some good attacking phases. The visitors had some big carriers and a powerful centre pairing but the pack worked furiously to contain them, Aaron Kelly and Connor Maguire industrious in defence and Michael Law at inside centre controlling the line well alongside makeshift centre Joel Mulholland.
Hard work from the pack forced errors from the visitors and Adam Lendrum at out half was ruthless in response, punishing Larne with 60 metre punts to touch back in the opposition half. Additionally the Skins scrum was in the ascendency through the front row of Sam Parke, Matthew McCabe and Marcus Crawford, leaving the visitors with few options. Just such a scrum inside the Larne 22’ put Skins within scoring distance and Jamie Kelly battered his way over the line. The back line had some good glimpses of attack too with full back Jarlath Maguire linking well with wing Conor Hoy and gaining good yards out wide on the counter attack. The pack capitalised well on this territory and Kelly picked up his second try shortly afterwards with another close range carry after a period of pressure inside the 22.
In the second half the back line settled into their play now and Conor Hoy showed his footwork to cross the line out wide. Shortly afterwards his opposite wing Matthew McVitty got on the scoresheet with a determined dive over the line.
It was an energetic all round performance from Skins who worked extremely hard throughout to subdue the opposition and played some entertaining rugby in the process. The 2nd XV now face a tough test away to Ballymena 3XV this Saturday and will hope to bring their home form with them.