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Minor League Premiere
Enniskillen 3rd XV 13
Belfast High School Former Players 2nd XV 7
Enniskillen’s Mighty 3rd XV finally resumed their season after a long break on a bright, yet blustery, afternoon at Mullaghmeen. The Skins men knew this was likely to be their biggest test of the season to date, hosting the unbeaten Belfast side.
Skins won the toss and elected to play with the wind at their back, the educated footwork of McVitty gave the Home side plenty of territory in the opening exchanges. The Enniskillen pack were winning the arm wrestle up front. The front row of Baker, Kieran Fee and Breen took 4 strikes against the head at scrum time. Willis, Morris and Tummon got through a mountain of work in the engine room and the back row of Duncan, Cadden and Wright put in some massive hits, and a lot of clever work to keep the visitors at bay.
McVitty slotted a penalty goal half way through the first half to give Skins some reward for their superiority. Late call up Hurst controlled the game with assurance at out half and the centre pairing of Wilkinson and Mulholland picked up where they left off in the last game to marshall a very useful visiting back line. Paddy Fee was comfortable at full back and carried the ball back with interest at any chance along with right winger Gregg. On the other wing Cunningham continued his rich vein of try scoring form with a try either side of the break. Neither conversion was successful in the stormy conditions.
The visitors never really looked like breaking through the outstanding skins defence but 20 minutes into the second half a turnover in midfield seen the ball moved quickly to the speedy Belfast winger who out paced the Home defence to score from 60 metres. The conversion was successful which left a nervy final quarter for Enniskillen. But again to a man the defence was stubborn and faultless. Tempers started flaring towards the end of the game but the final whistle came as relief to the home side who got their reward with the victory.
Another home fixture awaits this week against Armagh 4th XV, the Skins men know they need to build on this performance to retain their Ravenhill Cup.