||27 - 0
Dromore 1XV 27
Enniskillen 1XV 0
Enniskillen 1st XV continued to struggle to pick up league points as they made the trip to Dromore last Saturday. The home side have been performing well in the league and dominated the scoreline with a 27-0 victory on the day.
The first 20 minutes were an arm wrestle and Skins looked more aggressive than in previous week, particularly in defence, a high tackle count racked up from McCoy, Johnston and Donnelly in the pack. Skins forced an early penalty and Lendrum kicked them deep into the opposition half but a malfunctioning Skins line out gave Dromore an important chance to clear their lines. This was to be a theme in the contest as errors had Skins starved of possession and failing to be clinical when presented with opportunities.
Skins continued to work hard to shut down the Dromore attack and ball retention in the ruck was improved but they were fighting a losing battle as the home side dominated the set piece and penalties began to creep in. From a Dromore line out and maul they crossed in the corner after 20 minutes, unconverted to go 5-0 up. A penalty at the scrum shortly afterwards had Skins back in their own half yet again from a kick to touch and the Dromore pack crossed the line again after repeated carries, now leading 10-0. The Skins back line had few opportunities to move the ball but when they did they never really threatened the Dromore defence.
Enniskillen were still in the contest going into the second half but frustratingly failed to get into the game. Breaks from Steven Fox and some good runs from Finlay and Balmer were the only real ground made in attack. Dromore moved the ball well and their backs made more ground now out wide as the Enniskillen defence began to tire from the constant onslaught. Well placed kicks to touch from the home side kept Enniskillen pinned back in their own half, and disruption at the resultant Skins line out consequently made clearing their lines a difficult task, leaving them constantly defending close to their line. Things worsened for Skins as injuries to scrum half Matty Dane and then Adam Lendrum at out half forced a reshuffle. Two more tries came from Dromore during the second half after constant pressure inside the Skins 22’. Then to rub salt in the wound the Dromore scrum half broke through the line and sprinted in for a frustrating soft try in the last play of the game, ending proceedings 27-0.
Skins have a week away from the looming pressure of the league now as they head to Portadown in the Town’s Cup this Saturday. Enniskillen has always thrived in the cup environment and it may help the side recapture their form, they will surely be keen to avenge the home defeat suffered to Portadown back in early January.