Enniskillen Ladies rugby hosted Cavan last Sunday at Mullaghmeen in what was to be a disappointing 5-17 defeat. Enniskillen played a strong defensive first half with an outstanding performance from Lady of the Match, Ashling Maguire, who carried destructively and put in a huge tackling performance. However, Cavan continued to attack relentlessly and managed to get two tries over the line through hard carrying up the middle and a frequent overlap out wide as the backline were sucked in to cover the rampaging pack. Carleton, Brogan and Armstrong put in a dedicated defensive performance against a very big pack, as did Nikki McSherry, out of position at flanker but tenacious. In hindsight the Cavan forwards were extremely hard to stop when they gathered momentum and should have been pressed with a lot more urgency from the defence.
Skins got on the scoreboard once in the encounter after a great run and accurate passing from the back line, Ellie Ingram made significant ground out wide, narrowly missing out on a try after being forced into touch. Sinead Tummon responded immediately from the resultant Cavan lineout, diving over the line and scoring Enniskillen’s only try of the game. Both sides played an equally defensive second half, with Enniskillen’s Etna Flanagan breaking the line with her usual gusto, demonstrating speed and resilience but just missing out on a try as the Cavan defence worked back well to make the tackle. Louise Thompson too took a kick on the Skins 22 and made a break before the backtracking Cavan defence dragged her down. Small errors from the Skins side and multiple turnovers at the ruck gave Cavan too much possession and they utilised it well, with several drives upfield to break down Enniskillen’s defensive line; a final try of the game coming their way after a long period of attack in the Skins half against a hard working but tiring Skins defence.
Positives from the encounter were a solid scrum and line out, while the back line looked dangerous when it clicked through half back combination Rebecca Pennell and Ellie Rix, and the centre partnership of Corrigan and Parke, but they simply spent too much time on the back foot due to pressure from the Cavan pack. This Sunday the ladies travel to City of Derry.