Enniskillen 2XV v Ballynahinch 5XV Fixture - Dec 2, 2017

Team Score Pts
Enniskillen 2XV 7 - 24 Ballynahinch 5XV

Match Report

Enniskillen 2XV 7
Ballynahinch 5XV 24
 
Saturday saw a young and unfamiliar Enniskillen 2nd XV take to the field at Mullaghmeen, with a few last minute changes to the lineup and a couple of players making their first appearance of the season due to long term injuries.
 
Slippery conditions due to regular light rain meant a number of early dropped balls from both sides with the referee generally giving the benefit of the doubt to the attacking sides that the ball hadn't gone forward. This meant for a scrappy opening period where Skins missed two opportunities to get on the scoreboard through penalties. 
 
A strong and structured Ballynahinch 5th XV pack produced a number of dominant scrums making it difficult for Skins to take advantage of the visiting sides' handling errors.
 
From their line out, a marching maul was the main weapon for the Co Down side, regularly gaining 20+ metres in territory before the Skins' pack were able to bring them to a halt legally, save for one occasion when it led to the first of Hinch's three converted tries.
 
Towards the end of the first half a mid-air collision between two players competing for a high ball forced Skins' centre Phillip Dickie off as a precaution over a possible head injury, with player-coach Stevie Welsh coming out of temporary retirement to fill in a re-jigged backline. 
 
In the second half, organised Enniskillen defence put significant pressure on the visitors resulting in a number of turnovers and a change in momentum, with the home side breaking on occasion through their outside backs. 
 
This endeavour into Hinch territory was rewarded through a trademark barreling run from captain David Taylor who forced his way over the white wash to score Skins' only points of the day. The visitors responded with two more tries of their own, with the last action of the game being their final try.