|Enniskillen U18 Girls
||45 - 41
||Monaghan U18 Girls
Enniskillen U18 Girls 45
Monaghan U18 Girls 41
Enniskillen ladies under 18 team played Monaghan at the weekend in very bad weather and difficult conditions under foot. Monaghan kicked off and Enniskillen received the ball, scoring an early first try after a number of phases through Flack. From the restart Enniskillen again took the ball and attacked with great driving forward from captain Tammy Miller, who had a fantastic game overall, eventually leading to another score, 10 nil up in the early stages with Skins cruising.
From the kick off Skins attacked yet again but after a few phases knocked on, giving Monaghan there first possession of the match. From the scrum, the Monaghan captain scored a very easy try, which she replicated time and time again in the first half. All of a sudden from being 10 points up Enniskillen were now losing 17 to 10. It seemed the Monaghan request to play 10 aside was reaping benefits for their two 7s players. Enniskillen eventually got the ball back and put lots of good attacking phases together, with Kelly and India Daley carrying well through the Monaghan defence. However, having created numerous overlaps, Skins failed to take advantage and twice knocked the ball on in the act of scoring. From the scrums Monaghan proved devastating and went the length of the pitch to score without a finger been laid upon them. For the remainder of the half Skins were looking most likely to score with Graham and Corps making headway into the Monaghan half to release Darerca Daly, Barrett and Wiggins in the backs; eventually the pressure reaped rewards as Skins scored through Millar. Immediately from the kick-off Monaghan scored again and again on the stroke of half time, a chaotic half ending 34-15 to Monaghan.
Some strong words from captain Millar and tactical advice from coaches Flack and Watson seemed to have an effect. From the kick-off skins put some more clinical phases together and were the first to score through India Daley. Daley followed it up in quick succession with another score, igniting a real sense of belief in the side for a comeback. The defensive effort early in the second half was greatly improved and the dangerous Monaghan players had no room to move. As a result Monaghan were now on the back foot and skins managed to force multiple turnovers.
Enniskillen managed to score 2 more tries and now had the lead 35-34. Barrett and McElgunn were at the forefront of the backs play, piercing deep into the Monaghan half. Maguire at scrum-half was linking play between backs and forwards excellently and also exploiting space around the edge of the rucks. Mackin who came on at halftime was throwing herself into tackles with abandon and claimed a crucial turnover ball. After some good attack play Bharat scored to extend skins lead 40 to 34. Having taken the lead skins were still trying to play expansive rugby in the declining conditions but a turnover by Monaghan resulted in a converted score to the visitors, now leading 41-40. Skins took the attack to Monaghan for the remainder of the game and after some slick handling between Maguire and Kilfedder, Kilfedder sneaked in to score the final try of the rollercoaster encounter and the game finished 45 to 41. It was a game that Skins dominated in attack but for a defensive malaise in the first half the game could have been lost. However, it is very positive that the team was able to recover from such a deficit and put together such a high scoring performance in such conditions.