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Enniskillen Ladies lose out to clinical Derry side
Enniskillen Ladies 5
City Of Derry Ladies 26
Enniskillen ladies kicked off the season with their first league match at home against City of Derry on Sunday 21st October. The team put in a big effort right from the first whistle and showed their strength with some big carries from props Jillian Boylan and Tammy Millar making plenty of yards into Derry’s 22. Due to an unfortunate penalty against Enniskillen, Derry made a clearing kick resulting in a line out, passing the ball right out to their wing resulted in the first score of the match. The conversion was missed which left the score 0-5. From the restart Enniskillen put on the pressure, forcing some errors on the opposition resulting in a scrum to the home side. Enniskillen’s number 8 Leona Connolly had a massive carry from the back of the scrum before being tackled just short of the try line. Hooker, Sarah Teague received the ball at pace from scrum half Rebecca Pennell and stormed over the white wash to bring the score to 5-5. Despite some excellent moves and a switch between Centres, Eimear Corrigan and Hariru Hauraki to make some considerable ground, the first half finished up as 5-5.
Enniskillen Ladies started as they left off in the second half putting pressure on Derry. After a turnover ball, a Derry player powered down the wing escaping a couple of tackles only to be forced out the side line by a massive and crucial tackle by Ellie Ingram just metres from the try line. Enniskillen managed to clear the ball from the lineout to the middle of the pitch, where the majority of play occurred from this point. A few bad decisions for Enniskillen as well as a drop in line speed allowed Derry to maintain an attacking position, however a fantastic high catch from Sarah Armstrong turned over possession from which Enniskillen drove forward. Scrum half Pennell managed to continually catch the Derry defence off-guard with her smart quick tap and go penalty restarts, however Enniskillen found it difficult to execute the final passes to penetrate the Derry defence. Derry continued to increase the defensive pressure and capitalised on Skins' lack of match practice, with this match being their first of the season, managing to turnover possession with strong counter-rucking.
A break through the Enniskillen defence combined with swift passing from the Derry backs left the home team scrambling back to avoid a score. A high tackle at the line resulted in a penalty try for Derry. The Derry attack showed great perseverance and again pushed the Enniskillen team back to their try line, with good movement of the backs resulting in a nicely worked try. Skins kept their heads up and continued to chip away at the Derry defence, unfortunately to no avail.
In the last play of the match a fast paced Derry Centre used her quick feet to score between the posts which she also converted leaving the final score 5-26.
Overall it was a strong and spirited performance from Enniskillen in their first game of the season, with many individual performances standing out.
Enniskillen Ladies continue to train every Wednesday and Friday at 7pm at ERFC Mullaghmeen and all new comers are always welcome, no previous experience required.