Enniskillen U18 Boys v Monaghan U18 Boys Fixture - Oct 6, 2018

Team Score Pts
Enniskillen U18 Boys 45 - 0 Monaghan U18 Boys

Match Report

Enniskillen U18s 45
Monaghan U18s 0
 
Skins U18s got their league campaign under way at home against Monaghan RFC. With only 2 minutes on the clock Zak Kyle weaved his way over the line to open the score for Skins which Oisin Monaghan converted. This settled the young side, making their home debut this season, and from further good passages of play the front rows Luke Thompson was on hand at the rear of a maul; when stopped 5 metres short he cleverly peeled away driving over for his first score of the day unconverted. The pack were working hard retaining ball, winning their set piece scrums and line outs, and making the ball available to the backs at every opportunity. Brief Monaghan passages of play brought out the counter rucking skills of Aaron Clarke, Oisin Timoney, Conan Leonard and Ruairi McManus and one such turnover led to the backs doing what they do best, finished off with a Fergus Fee try converted by Oisin Monaghan. Skins lost a player for the remainder of the match due to a rare lapse of indiscipline but this didn't deter the effort by the remaining players and before half time skins had to turn to defensive duties with some great tackling from the Dylan Flynn and Zak Kyle centre partnership but not to be outdone the other key areas of halfbacks, Will Greenaway and Daire Hill, and the back 3 of Fergus Fee, Matty Brown and Niall Keenan, a rare appearance for Keenan out on the wing all contributed to the half time score of 19-0.
The second half was soon to see some casualties on both sides as a result of some hard hitting defence but no one was going to stop the rampaging Aaron Clarke from getting on the score sheet for the first time this season when he crossed the line with 2 or 3 Monaghan players in tow and the new kicker Kyle converted. With the game now reduced to 12 a side of course you could expect a game plan to fall apart but these young skins stuck to their guns and with spaces now appearing on a more frequent basis it was the turn of the gas merchants to show their pace with Matty Brown on a couple of occasions leaving his man for dead. To the credit of Monaghan their defence was up to the task but it was only a matter of time when the superior fitness of skins was to see off the visitors for good. Luke Thompson was to find himself on the score sheet yet again when he was in support to crash in under the posts and once again Kyle converted. A further two scores were ran in from Daire Hill and Aaron Clarke for second time with one converted by Kyle. To win is great, to keep a clean sheet even better. The try saving tackles of Brown and one from Kyle today are as memorable as the try scorers but its the efforts of the team that brought about this 45-0 victory. This team is young but this season has unearthed the likes of Francis McCrystal, Tomás Scallon, Luke Thompson, Will Greenaway, Dylan Flynn and Ruairi McManus who have improved drastically and with this new found confidence go about their business quietly and efficiently... coupled with the new signings of Zak Kyle and Barra McStravick coming into the fold this mixture of youth, raw talent and the experienced team members from last season makes this side an exciting "work in progress”.