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Ballynahinch 5XV 10
Enniskillen 2XV 16
Enniskillen 2nd XV registered a fantastic victory last Saturday on the road to Ballynahinch 5XV, an infamously difficult place to travel and in difficult conditions, they ground out a 10-16 victory. In the first half Hinch came out of the blocks well and were first on the scoreboard after a quick tap from their scrum half, converted unceremoniously by their prop to go 7-0 up. Skins continued to take time to get the journey out of the legs and shortly afterwards a penalty for off side at the ruck had them put further adrift with a kick to goal to put the home side in front 10-0.
The Enniskillen men finally got some possession in hand and started to grow in confidence. Solid carrying from David Taylor, Lewis Millar and Gary Thornton in the forwards brought things into the opposition half and the ball found Tyler Millar in the backs who crossed the try line, converted to reduce the deficit to 10-7 going into half time.
A struggling line out in the second half made it difficult for Skins to build pressure as the throwing duties switched hands a number of times. Additionally the referee was rigid in his handling of the game and the contest was very stop start.
Good pressure in open play remained, however, and a penalty was awarded to Skins which allowed John Maguire to level the scores in the second half at 10-10. Skins preserved territory excellently through good pressure from the pack to keep Hinch pinned in their own half, but they struggled to cross the try line from the pressure as the pitch became increasingly difficult to play on. Penalties from the home side gave Maguire another opportunity and he put Skins in the lead 10-13.
Millar again showed his ability with ball in hand as he broke the line to bring play inside the Hinch 22’. Quick hands went out the back line with a glaring overlap but Henderson failed to get the pass away. The crucial resulting scrum was claimed by Skins and a penalty allowed Maguire to secure the win with a successful kick to goal finishing things up at 10-16.
It was a spectacular win for the 2nd XV who had numerous forced changes to the side. Mark Connor controlled things well at 9 alongside John Maguire at 10 while Conor Maguire in the back row put in a tireless display in defence. This Saturday they host Ballymoney for a much appreciated home fixture after 3 weekends travelling to opposition.