|Dromore 1XV (JC)
||29 - 15
Dromore 1XV 29
Enniskillen 1XV 15
Enniskillen 1st XV travelled to Dromore, Co. Down to play their first round match in the Ulster Junior Cup last Saturday, with three changes from the team that played Carrickfergus the previous Saturday.
They ran into a well drilled Dromore team that performed with skill and purpose, ably drilled by two excellent half backs.
The game itself was a credit to both teams. With less than five minutes to go until the half time whistle, the score was 7 points to 3 in favour of the home side with both teams playing fast open rugby. Then in the final few minutes Dromore scored two excellent tries in quick succession, leaving the visiting Enniskillen starting the second half 19-3 down.
Despite a determined start to the second half it was clear Skins were unlikely to repeat the comeback they had managed at Carrick the previous week. Dromore managed two further tries to bring their total to 29 while Skins responded with two scores of their own to finish with 15.
There was grit and resolve from Enniskillen who made sure Dromore had to earn every point, and although their two scores came late in the match, they demonstrated they are well capable of playing to the high standard demanded of Section One in the Ulster Qualifying league.
The back line in particular showed they could move the ball wide and effectively. Unfortunately, as the game wore on, a lack of possession of both ball and territory dictated that the game be played mostly in the Enniskillen half. Thereby limiting the opportunity to build upon the promise they had shown in the first half.
Paddy McCleery and Nick Finlay at half back, along with Millar on the right wing were excellent. The team were also glad to welcome back Glenties man Donagh O’Callaghan after his three year absence.
In the forwards there were two fine performances from James Carleton and Jack Rutledge. Improvement will be needed in the organisation and delivery at line outs; in defence the back row, always the scapegoats, were exposed by the slick Dromore three quarters.
Skins exit the junior cup now but will refocus their efforts to the league. And ultimately the all round performances since the season started three weeks ago have been encouraging. Enniskillen host Dromore on October 6th and their performance last Saturday at Barban Hill will show them how much they need to improve to claim those precious league points. Their immediate attention will be directed to this Saturday as they host Instonians, a true test of their current form. Kicking off at Mullaghmeen at 2.30pm.