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Crawford Plate Quarter Final
Larne 2XV 12
Enniskillen 2XV 13
Enniskillen registered an excellent 13-12 win over Larne last Saturday in the Crawford Plate competition.
Starting the game with only 14 players, Enniskillen were always on the defensive in the opening half. However, stout defence meant Larne could not find a way through. Forwards and backs tackled as a unit and did not give away penalties, keeping the home side struggling to find a foothold in the game.
Larne opened the scoring when their No 8 picked up the ball from a ruck in the 22 and caught the Enniskillen defence off guard, racing straight to the posts from the 22 to open things 7-0 to Larne. From the restart Enniskillen made good progress through forwards and backs and won a penalty, ably converted by John Maguire.
In the 2nd half Larne created an overlap early on and their winger just made the line for an unconverted try, bringing things 12-3 to Larne. After this score Enniskillen began to play a more aggressive attacking game, the backs showing their running ability, rewarded with a try from pacy winger Conor Hoy, unconverted to trail 12-8. Now Enniskillen were in the ascendency; good drives from the forwards and skilful running in the backs combining to present a potent attacking threat. It was only a matter of time with the speedy backline exposing holes in the Larne defence; then Jarleth Maguire used his speed and swerve to wade through the defence for the winning try.
It was an excellent performance from the 2nd XV in a difficult away trip. The experience of Beatty and Buchanan in among the young heads of Sam Park, Conor Maguire, Jamie McKane, Beacom, McGovern and steady Eric Elliott combining to make a well balanced forward pack.
Half backs Mark Connors and John Maguire controlled possession well and released the back line of Mark O’Shea, Jarleth Maguire, Chris Henry, Conor Hoy and Nathan Rutledge to excellent effect. This now brings the 2nd XV into the semi-final of this competition.