|Enniskillen 2nd XV
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||Dromore 2nd XV
On a cold and windy evening at Mullaghmeen, Dromore 2's were to provide as equally tough opposition for Enniskillen 2's as the weather itself. During the first half Enniskillen elected to play with the wind on a day that never really let up.
After reclaiming their own kickoff Dromore applied a lot of pressure on a young enniskillen pack, but were not allowed through by a resolute pillar and post defence, with David Taylor, Eric Elliott, and Gary Thornton in particular at the forefront of some big tackles! Unfortunately the pressure told and Dromore passed it wide to score an unconverted try in the corner. This then seemed to kick Skins into gear and from the following restart skins were rarely out of Dromore's half. Credit must go to the opposition defence as it was equally up to the task of shutting out the home team.
After Enniskillen added a penalty through Zach Charlton Dromore came under heavy pressure on their 5 metre line. Despite their defensive efforts the pressure eventually told when Robert Conner spotted a gap in the defence and slipped through to touch down close to the posts.
There was little improvement in the weather in the second half and the first 20 minutes of that half were played mostly in and around the 'Skins 22. Skins' though seemed content to defend and hold on to their lead, with everyone from one to fifteen putting in a solid showing along with some thundering hits. Once again the pressure told though when Dromore's big 12 made some inroads which was followed up by some nice footwork by their winger five yards out to evade a couple of tackles and grab a converted try.
Knowing now they had to get into the Dromore half the Enniskillen side started to play some expansive, open rugby which did pay dividends. However when they were turned over they were harshly punished by some well directed, wind assisted kicking from the opposition. Although eventually on one occasion, some nice play in the middle of the park and Robert Conner's eagle eye for a gap allowed him to break through the Dromore defence and run most of the pitch untouched. After a few offloads and passes though the Dromore defence scrambled well and held the 'Skins attack at bay.
The situation was soon to be reversed though as a simple handling error was greatly retrieved by the clinical Dromore and returned all the way down field for a decisive score. Some frantic defense by Enniskillen almost held them out, but it was to be the final nail in the coffin on the day. Credit must go to the 'Skins though as they held their heads high and continued to put their bodies on the line until the final whistle.
All in all this was a very tough and committed performance from a very young and inexperienced side. However if they can continue with performance like this, promotion is definitely an attainable reality for this talented young squad. The Second XV are now faced with an opportunity to emulate the First XV’s victory as they head away to face Academy this Saturday.