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McCambley Cup 1st Round
Civil Service 2nd- 7 Enniskillen 3rd- 54
The Enniskillen men made the long trek to Stormont in East Belfast to get their quest for cup glory underway. After a few good wins in recent outings the Skins men were in confident form but knew they still had a shift to put it.
After a frantic first quarter, in which Service possibly had the upper hand, the Skins machine clicked into gear. The visiting pack started to out muscle their bigger opponents and finally a breakthrough. Out half Allister fed a charging Duncan who in turn off loaded to fullback Henry who side stepped the covering defence to sail under the posts. Allister converted to give Skins a 7 point lead. Shortly after it was Henry again who was in support to receive an offload to again go over the whitewash and dot the ball down. The difficult conversion sailed wide.
Skins were getting into their groove and after some fast hands in the back line speedy winger Cunningham left the covering defence for dead to score under the posts. Allister again added the extras. Approaching the break Service did respond though when their centre took a dubious quick tap penalty to go under the posts which caught the visiting defence sleeping. At half time Skins knew despite being in the lead they had to improve in certain areas.
Enniskillen forwards starting using their power and experience to give scrum half Greenaway some decent ball. The second row of Willis and the returning Treacy disrupted the hosts rucks at every chance and carried well, the front row of Breen, Tummon and Irvine never gave an inch all day with a good solid shift and the back row of Cadden, Millar and Duncan carried and tackled hard which the hosts had no answer for. Allister controlled his back line well all day and this was illustrated by all 5 men outside him getting on the score sheet at least once. Centres Wilkinson and Mulholland were slick and decisive going forward and robust in defence, supported by the speedy back 3 of Henderson, Cunningham and Henry.
Enniskillen, for the record, scored 5 unanswered tries in the second half to put the contest to bed through Henderson, Wilkinson, Mulholland and 2 more from James Cunningham who completed his hat trick. All of which were converted by McAllister including some difficult touchline kicks.
Enniskillen know bigger tests will lie ahead, but on this form they also know that not many teams would like to be drawn against themselves with their great blend of youth and experience.