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Enniskillen Girls Win Ulster U15 Cup
A sun kissed Mid Ulster Arena welcomed the U15 girls in Cookstown last Saturday for the Ulster Girls U15’s Cup. After securing second place in the league they had some silverware firmly in their sights.
A 4G pitch didn’t deter the girls in the first match against local rivals Clogher Valley as they settled into the game quickly with Lucy Thompson opening with a try in the first minute after some slick handling. After her try saving tackle in the Skins 22, Farrah McCloskey found herself in space and had the pace to dot down a second soon after. Enniskillen found themselves in Clogher Valley territory immediately after the restart and had soon hit a 19:0 lead, with Catherine Graham scoring after a breakaway, and a Casey Maguire conversion. Enniskillen’s dominance continued with Casey Maguire scoring after a strong break from Moya Hill. Following two breakaway tries of their own for Clogher, Moya Hill sealed a positive start to the tournament with a converted try under the posts to see Skins out of their first match 31:10 at the final whistle.
Next up were Letterkenny, who had proven to be a difficult side against Virginia in their first match and initially provided more resistance than Clogher. Great Enniskillen handling in the line, however, broke the opposition defence with Farrah McCloskey finishing strongly with a try under the posts. This was followed up by Lucy Thompson, scoring two tries in quick succession, and Casey Maguire converting to bring the Skins girls up to 17:0 by the half way point. Strong backs play after good work from the forwards in mid field soon saw Catherine Graham dotting down, and great off-loading by Moya Hill from 40 yards out ended up with Sophie Meeke on the wing to see her cross the whitewash too. Another converted try for Farrah McCloskey after a pitch long break saw Enniskillen eyeing silverware with a commanding 36:0 team performance.
After having watched their Ulster Branch rivals and last year’s champions Virginia see off Letterkenny and Clogher too, the girls came face to face with an ever-strong Virginia team. Enniskillen enjoyed the perfect start, with the sun at their backs and a scrum on the Virginia 22, Moya Hill broke tackles with devastating effect and provided a first class off load for Lucy Thompson to finish strongly with a converted try. It wasn’t long before the girls were back in Virginia’s 22, and it was Moya Hill again supplying the pass for Sophie Barrett, this time to finish a well worked move in the corner. Enniskillen continued to exert pressure in midfield and it was soon to reap rewards with a penalty awarded against Virginia. A well timed tap and go saw Sophie Barrett drive strongly for the line for Enniskillen’s 3rd try and a dream 17:0 lead. With Virginia scrapping in midfield towards the end of the game it was Enniskillen who again came out on top with Catherine Graham scoring a break away try in the last minute to bring the scores to 22:0.
The whistle blew for full time after the conversion attempt and the well-deserved celebrations began, and continued long into the afternoon with the girls winning their own Grand Slam, along with the Ulster Girls U15’s cup against the strongest of rivals.
It has been a great season for the U15 girls, with some of the youngest players Chloe Moore and Megan Withers really getting stuck in to much bigger opposition.
Coaches John Leonard and Jimmy Moore expressed their pride in the group of young girls and their efforts throughout the season.
‘Their dedication and attitude is to be commended and they are a credit to their families in the way they conduct themselves.’