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Enniskillen 2nd XV 13
Dromore 2nd XV 22
Enniskillen 2nd XV were looking to end a successful season on a high last Saturday to top of their strong year of development. As a newly promoted team they secured a top half of the table finish and a place in the Crawford plate final. As the underdogs, Skins went out to prove a point against a strong Dromore team from the league above, but fell short at the final hurdle.
The game started in favourable conditions for the Enniskillen side, having scored their first try with only 3 minutes on the clock. The try came from some excellent play when Ferghal Nolan brought the ball into contact and moved a quick off load to Conor Maguire who made his way across the try line. This woke the Dromore side up immediately and they started to batter at the Enniskillen defensive line from the restart. The break came for Dromore from a sloppy Enniskillen line out on their own 5m line which saw the ball land in the hands of a Dromore forward who carried the ball over the line. Dromore were the dominant side when it came to scrum time, with the young Skins pack doing their best to just to hold Dromore at bay, leaving Skins short of platforms from which to build pressure. Some excellent phases of play from the Enniskillen backs brought the boys in burgundy back up the pitch several times to near the opposition try line but, due to clinical errors, these phases of play were not capitalised on. Before half time Enniskillen were down to 14 men and from more errors on the Skins side, Dromore found their way over the try line again, leaving the score 15-10 at half time.
In the second half Enniskillen had a new lease of life but by this time the experience of the Dromore side was evident from their skilled defending in their own 22’. Both teams put in some excellent play in the second half but it was Dromore who were more clinical and capitalised on another Enniskillen mistake to cross the try line in the second half. Excellent kicking on the day from John Maguire left the final score at 22-13.
The Skins boys were unlucky to have not claimed a victory in the final after their excellent run of form lately in the league. However, excellent resilience and work rate from the young Enniskillen team shows the potential they have for the seasons to come, with the benefit of experience. The young side have been a joy to watch this season and credit to captain Gary Thornton on the work he has put in to keep this team together and pushing forward.