Enniskillen U14 Boys v Dungannon U14 Boys Fixture - Jan 6, 2018

Team Score Pts
Enniskillen U14 Boys 17 - 21 Dungannon U14 Boys

Match Report

Enniskillen U14 Boys 17
Dungannon U14 Boys 21
 
Following last week’s close match against Omagh, confidence was high in the Enniskillen U14 side, despite injuries and family commitments affecting player resources. From the kick off Dungannon produced a high level of intensity which eventually saw them score an early converted try. The young skins side forced their way back into the game, but poor protection saw them lose the ball. A poor clearance kick gave Aaron Skuce the opportunity to run back around the defence and score a try out wide, Farry’s conversion coming back off the post. Skins started to apply better structure but poor protection at the rucks was letting Dungannon off the hook, clearing their lines numerous times. However, just before the half, Skins provided clean ball at a ruck which was quickly distributed with Aaron Skuce on hand yet again to score the try, Young Farry converted to leave the score 12-7 to Enniskillen at half time. 
In the second half a series of missed tackles and poor counter rucking allowed Dungannon to rumble down the field and score another converted try but skins responded with a drive back down the field as Ryan Beattie was stopped just short of the line, Ethan Daly was able to lift and touch down for a score, with Caoilte Farry’s conversion falling just under the bar. 
Skins seemed to be in the ascendency with minutes left and a penalty was awarded just in front of the posts ,the feeling in the air was another try was begging to be scored; in hindsight going for 3 points may have been the safe call. The ball was turned over 15 metres from the Dunagnnon line and the opposition 8 ran the field to score under the posts, converted to put the visitors in the lead 17-21. Enniskillen had a last attack but knocked on to finish the game with 3 tries each. It was a solid performance from Skins who showed they were well capable of scoring tries, and must now focus on developing their defence and ball retention. ERFC wish a speedy recovery to Ciaran McLaughlin who suffered a broken thumb. The Under-14s now travel to Virginia this week.