|Enniskillen U14 Boys
||22 - 32
||Omagh U14 Boys
Enniskillen U14 22
Omagh U14 32
Skins under-14s had their first game in over 3 weeks against the highly rated Omagh team. A lot of work on defence and with 3 players out injured Skins were still confident they could improve on the 8 tries to 1 defeat earlier in the season. Omagh came out all guns blazing but the Skins defence held strong for almost 8 minutes when Omagh’s dangerous scrum half went down a very narrow blind side to score in the corner.
Skins allowed Omagh out of their half but were awarded a penalty and drove forwards after a series of penalties ended 5 metres out. A malfunction in the line out saw Omagh secure ball under pressure but a knock on from the resultant scrum allowed Cahair McElhill to force his way over for a try, unconverted to leave the scoreline 5-5.
Omagh responded strong but the Skins defence was solid and a spilled ball saw Coillte Farry run the pitch and score under the posts, converted to go 12-5 up. Once again the home side defended well from the restart but Omagh used some clinical hands into space for a good try, finished in the corner by the 15.
After the half Omagh were energetic and their 6 finished a try in the corner early on. Then Skins lost back rower Ciaran McLaughlin to injury to make matters worse. Omagh continued to apply the pressure and asked a big defensive effort from Skins, eventually their 10 went on a jinky run and finished in the corner to leave the score 20-12 in favour of the visitors.
Skins put in a long kick from the restart which was knocked on from the opposition. From the scrum Cahair McElhill and John Armstrong linked well for the latter to score and reduce the deficit. From the restart Aaron Skuce recovered the ball and went on a run around and through the Omagh defence, ending up under the posts to lead 22 to 20 with 3 minutes to go. Skins went for the jugular now, however, an error saw Omagh almost make the Skins try line. The home side recovered ball but a clearance kick saw an offside ruling and the Omagh 6 charged for the corner, off loading to the 15 who finished with a step around defenders.
With the score now at 25 to 22 in favour of Omagh, Skins tried desperately for a score, however, a mistake saw Omagh steal the ball and run the pitch to score under the posts for the end of the match a final score 22 to 32.
Despite the result, this was a great team performance and shows how much this group has come on since October. The performance should give the side renewed confidence in the new year as they host Dungannon this Saturday.