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Clogher Valley 8
On a weekend which pitted Manchester United and Liverpool at odds, as well as Rangers and Celtic, The Cran also hosted the fiercly competitive local rugby derby between Clogher Valley and Enniskillen.
On a wet and windy Saturday afternoon, it was the visitors that started brighter, utilising the strong wind on their backs to pin Valley inside their own half. Enniskillen, however, failed to turn pressure into points on too many occasions, with basic errors costing them, and allowing Clogher to clear their lines. Despite the dangerous running of Ashley Finlay and Connor Keys, the home side’s defence was resolute, allowing only one kickable penalty opportunity, which Lendrum was happy to take advantage of, giving his side a slender 3-0 lead going into half time.
The second half was an inversion of the first, with the wind obviously playing a large part in the match. Valley saw much of the ball but were largely unable to puncture Enniskillen’s defence. An early Valley penalty brought the scores level, and meant Enniskillen needed to hold on to the ball better in order to have better field position and scoring opportunities, unfortunately for the visitors, they were unable to do this due largely to ill-discipline and basic handling errors.
The clinical Clogher Valley, then seized their chance with 10 minutes to go, with a well-executed backs move giving the winger space for a chip and chase. He was hauled down just shy of the line, but Clogher retained possession and eventually crashed over the line. The try remained unconverted which left the scores at 8-3.
Enniskillen tried valiantly to mount pressure in their hosts half, but inaccuracies at the lineout and a reluctance to kick for goal in the windy conditions meant Valley were able to close the game out and keep alive the glimmer of hope for league survival.