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Senior Ladies Match Report 5th November 2017
Enniskillen Ladies 21 v. City of Derry Ladies 15
Enniskillen Ladies made a tremendous comeback from 0-15 at half time to get their hands on the first win of the season in the Round 4 League game against strong rivals City of Derry. Derry were first out of the blocks, with their hard running forwards and sizeable back line putting Skins on the back foot. Skins started the game sluggish and disorganised, giving Derry too much time on the ball and leaving glaring gaps in defence. The situation worsened as Skins dropped to 14 players for a period due to a yellow card. All in all this allowed Derry to cross the try line three times within the first 30 minutes. The failed conversion attempts for the three tries proved crucial later on. A slight reshuffle of the Skins side seemed to give the team a bit more focus and flurries of good handling and passing out wide saw Skins start to make line breaks, Ruth McKeown very unlucky to be pipped at the post due to her ball grounding after showing fantastic speed to skin the Derry defensive line.
The half time regrouping gave Skins the wakeup call that was needed and they started the second half with an intensity that was definitely lacking in the first 40 minutes. The backline started to utilise their width advantage as the Derry defensive line tired and narrowed. The forwards too upped their aggression and added some ferocity to the rucks and managed to steal a few lineouts from the Derry throw. Ellie Rix continually ran strong attacking lines from her centre position and broke through leaving countless would be tacklers in her wake to score Skin’s first try of the day, converting the try herself. Skins continued to dominate possession, showing a lot more composure with the ball and discipline off the ball. Again, the backline, under the orders of out half Ellie Ingram, utilised the space out wide with seamless passing to set Harriet Gibson off on a break down the left wing with her pace giving Derry no chance to stop her getting over for Skin’s second try. The try was again converted by Ellie Rix with a great kick from an awkward angle. Derry were still leading by one point but with their intensity levels starting to flag, Skins decided to take advantage. The Derry defence were continually deconstructed by the Skin’s pack attacking the line at pace, with improved support allowing the ball to remain in play as much as possible. This allowed the attacking line to get the ball wide to Ellie Ingram who skirted around the Derry defence down the right wing to score the final try of the day to give Skins the deserved win, another conversion from Ellie Nix to top of a perfect kicking performance.
Most definitely a game of two halves with a great team performance for the second 40 minutes. Strong showers in the pack included New Zealander ‘Huds’ Hauraki and Sarah Armstrong, who worked tirelessly in attack and defence. In the backline, the powerful running of Ellie Rix, who showed great experience despite her youth, was crucial in getting the better of the opposition.
Skins aim to take that performance into their last league game before the Christmas break, away against Ballynahinch this Sunday 12th.