Enniskillen 3XV v Armagh 4XV Fixture - Feb 3, 2018

Team Score Pts
Enniskillen 3XV 27 - 24 Armagh 4XV

Match Report

Enniskillen 3XV 27
Armagh 4XV 24
 
Skins 3rd XV snatched victory at the death to continue their unbeaten run this season with a bonus point win at home over Armagh. Starting well with wing James Cunningham gathering Hurst’s kick off to set up the attack. The front row of Breen, Fee and Baker secured the scrum, allowing 8 Willis to pick and go at the Armagh defence, but despite continued waves of attack from Wright, Tummon and McGurran the Armagh defence was resilient. When the ball was spread through the quick hands of Allister and Rutledge to Cunningham he showed speed and strength to dive in the corner for the first hard earned points on 30 minutes. However, Armagh went on the attack and their elusive 10 took advantage of a mismatch in defence to coast over for a try, which he converted. A penalty reply from Hurst left skins 8-7 up at halftime. 
In the second half Armagh's 10 again ghosted through the Enniskillen defence, who were struggling to contain him, then Armagh's 8 powered over from second phase after super initial defence from Morris to stop the tap penalty attack. Skins did put the pressure back on with Hurst kicking penalties into Armagh's 22, great throwing from Wright to Willis and super mauling tired Armagh's pack and, from a scrum 10 metres out, a clever pick and switch from 8 saw Hurst under the posts for a converted try. However, injuries to Allister, Willis, Fox and Tummon forced reshuffling of the team and this disruption saw Armagh breach the defence for their bonus try and a two score lead with 15 remaining. Thankfully Conor Hoy made it for the second half, and he and centre partner Nathan Rutledge were formidable in both defence and attack, allowing scrum half Fox to feed quick ball to the elusive fullback Keelan Kelly and abrasive wing Paddy Fee to make inroads. However, it was a clever play from Captain Breen and a pop from Willis to the charging Baker who was unstoppable from 20 yards, with a brilliant wide conversion bringing the score to 20-24. Skins had renewed hope but, with time running out and in the wrong half, it wasn't looking likely. Then a penalty decision finally allowed a tap and go to Willis who in true determined fashion went straight for the posts from 20 yards, but with more and more tacklers piling on, every stride got slower and harder, but help from his pack saw him ground the ball for an amazing last minute winner, the conversion leaving the score 27-24 and Skins taking the 5 points. Armagh will be disappointed not to hold on but Skins 3s hold the cup from last season and yet again their 'never beaten' attitude shows why they aren't prepared to part with it easily this season. They will be favourites facing Donegal at home in two weeks after a week off next Saturday.