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Enniskillen Ladies 26
Ballynahinch Ladies 14
Sunday 15th October 2017
Enniskillen kicked off on a mild October day against Ballynahinch, who like Enniskillen were seeking their first win of the league.
From the start Skins looked sluggish and it was evident that Hinch had come to Mullaghmeen prepared. Skins managed to hold off a strong Hinch pack off the try line for the first 20 minutes but then suffered a major loss when Sarah Teague was taken off the field of play with an ankle injury, a disappointing omen for things to come in this match, Skins now forced to play the remainder a player down. Not long after the injury Hinch put the first points on the board, crossing the try line to go 0-7 up. Skins managed to see out the remainder of an uneventful half by holding the scoreline at bay.
Hinch kicked off the second half and immediately put Skins under pressure forcing errors and making ground. They capitalised on the missing woman with a strong blitz attack and good use of the overlap to round Skins defence on the wing, crossing the line for their second try under the post leaving the score 0-14.
A further Hinch try was brought about from a quick burst through a scrappy Skins defensive line and this forced Skins to take the bit between the teeth and lift their heads high for the remaining 20 minutes of game. Sarah Armstrong had a solid take at the line out and set up a maul 10 meters from the Hinch try line and put pressure on the visiting defence. Repeated infringements from Hinch in defence saw the referee award a penalty try when the maul was pulled down illegally for Skins first points on the board 7-21.
A further unconverted try from Hinch did little to dampen Skins new found vigour. An inspired Skins changed gears and stepped up for the final bout with great lines from backs Eimear Corrigan and Katie Boles. The moment it all clicked, Skins seemed to pull a series of great attacking plays out of the bag on Hinch’s doorstep with a great display of forward crashes, quick ball and whip from left to right which allowed Ellie Rix to identify a massive gap, drawing her defender expertly, pass the ball out wide to Harriet Gibson who sailed under the posts for a remarkable team try and certainly Skins highlight of the game. Final score Ballynahinch 26 – Enniskillen 14.
While a win eluded the girls there was still plenty of positives from the game as some young and new players break into senior rugby. Eden Whiteside put in a tremendous effort in her first ever game, while new girls Ali Millar and Ursula McCrossan had solid first outings in Maroon. Ellie Rix also made her senior debut and looked more than able for the physicality of senior rugby.
Enniskillen Ladies would like to congratulate both the U15 and U18 ladies who won at home in their league games and thank their coaches Rodney, Ryan and Ross for their continued time, effort and expertise.
Training continues at 7pm Tuesday & Friday as the ladies look to this Sunday’s game away to Cavan, new players always welcome. Find Us On Facebook @EnniskillenLadiesRugby and Twitter @ErfcLadies.