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Minor League West
Inishowen 1st XV 19 Enniskillen 3rd XV 24
Enniskillen’s mighty 3rds kicked off their league campaign with the difficult journey to North Donegal to face a well drilled and youthful Inishowen team in front of their partisan support.
The game began in scrappy fashion with the blustery wind leaving play difficult for both sides. Enniskillen with the breeze at their back in the first half managed to get a foothold in the game after weathering the initial storm from the home team. Good defence from Cadden, Elliott and Wilkinson kept the home side at bay.
The Enniskillen pack were starting to bully their inexperienced opponents in the tight facets of the game. Baker, Patton and Adam Breen assisted by McGurran, Willis and Kelly all put in a good shift securing lots of primary ball for scrum half Henshall. After a period of dominance a charging Duncan took a pop ball 15 metres from the try line and after charging through 1 would be tackler, he crossed the try with another 2 tacklers on his back. Wilkinson added the extras to leave winning Enniskillen 7-0 at the break.
Enniskillen started the second half knowing they had to improve playing into the stiff breeze. Excellent hard ball carrying by the Skins pack brought play into the Inishowen 22, after play was held up close to the posts, Dickey wriggled his way over the line from close range leaving Wilkinson and easy kick to bring the score to 14-0. Soon after, Skins scored another, quick hands through the back line seen lock forward Willis canter in from 40 yards for a fine solo try.
Some slack defending seen the home side score 2 quick fire tries which kicked the Skins men back into gear again. Good counter running by Rutledge, Reynolds, Lindsay and Jack Breen brought the play come into the Inishowen 22. Fast recycling and hard running seen Cadden cross the whitewash to ensure Skins got their bonus point, bringing great joy to team manager Trevor Whittaker.
Inishowen got their reward of a loosing bonus point with a try from the last play of the game. Skins travelled back down the road knowing that they deserved their maximum 5 point haul, but also knowing they can and need to improve as much sterner tests will await throughout their season.