|Ballynahinch Ladies 1st XV
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||Enniskillen Ladies 1st XV
This was another demolition job by a ruthless Skins side this week as they simply overpowered their Eastern opponents. It was all one-way traffic from start to finish with the ladies attack and hunger unrelenting. Usually either side would find it difficult to take the positives from such a massive victory but this is one the Skins should savour as there were a number of new faces pulling on the famous maroon jersey and they did themselves and the club proud. Also noteworthy was the fact a number of the experienced Enniskillen players found themselves in unfamiliar positions, all of which performed valiantly.
Scoring got under way in the first minute as Noreen Nethercott bundled over for an early try, duly converted by Shauna Murphy. An error strewn 5 minutes from the Skins had the the spectators wondering if this experimental line-up could produce the goods but no sooner after these words were uttered Nethercott was to benefit from excellent scrummaging, she ran in under the posts from 20 meters out after cutting a lovely line. More good work by the forwards in open play created space wide on the right, this was capitalised on by young Kathryn Dane who sucked in the last defender before floating a lovely ball to Murphy who finished in the corner. Admittedly the ladies struggled at the line-out somewhat due to the chopping and changing but they were having no such trouble at scrum time, good work allowed Leona Hallet to pick up at the base and run in under the posts. More tireless work at the scrum set up a lovely flowing passing move which unfortunately broke down just before the line, however Collette McMorrow rescued the situation and popped up to sister Clare who touched down in the far corner. The girls had their heads screwed on and were gelling well, the home side struggling to come to terms with wave after wave of attack. A quick tap penalty and a few passes out wide allowed Collette to run in under the posts for the last act of the half.
The second half got under way with a bit of controversy. A few of the Skins ladies had complained of some 'stray kicks' and in one case an accusation of biting was made. It is testament to the fantastic mentality of these girls that they just kept their heads down and worked hard at opening up the already massive gulf between the two sides on the scoreboard, another team could have been sucked in by the nonsense and let the game spiral out of control but not our girls. More smart footwork from Nethercott set up Murphy for a touchdown before more beautiful flowing rugby allowed the third McMorrow sister, Shauna, in for another try. Three more try's were still to follow as firstly Sarah Teague breached the defence and nestled in under the sticks. Another barnstorming run from Teague set up Clare Brogan to touch down in the far corner and lastly, more great forward play in the middle of the park set up Clare McMorrow for the last try, and play, of a dominant performance from her and the rest of the team.
11 try's and 5 conversions (all from the boot of Murphy), all in all a healthy exercise for girls in maroon with the new faces looking to have settled in already. They play their last game of the regular league season away against Newry R.F.C. next week and will surely hope to end the season on a high after only being beaten once all year.