Enniskillen 2XV v Randalstown 2XV Fixture - Jan 19, 2019

Team Score Pts
Enniskillen 2XV 21 - 7 Randalstown 2XV

Match Report

Enniskillen 2XV 21
Randalstown 2XV 7

Enniskillen 2s keep the pressure on at the top of the table with an important win over another promotion challenger Randalstown last Saturday. Skins 2s had a disappointing visit to Randalstown last month as they were well beaten by a strong team, so back on home turf there was a score to settle. A poor gather from the kick off allowed Randalstown early momentum as the visitors showed fluency on the attack. Several hard carries by their big forwards eventually allowed their flanker to slip through two tacklers, each preventing the other from getting a firm grasp as he went under the posts. 7-0 down, with little to show so far, the team had to dig deep. The skins set piece however started to dominate and several breaks from the scrum by evergreen number 8 Duncan started making inroads on the Randalstown defence. Lock Willis and prop McKane likewise carried hard up front while centers Millar and Balfour used their speed and power to make yards, but all too often the support players were too slow to react, allowing play to break down or be turned over. Eventually good vision from 9 Henshall and 10 Maguire sent the ball through the backline to flanker come wing for the day Rogers, who showed great pace only for a high tackle to halt his progress into the opposition 22. The resultant penalty allowed a close range line out where hooker Nolan hit the athletic Roofe for a driving maul, although taken down illegally, the ensuing ruck saw Maguire hit Millar on a tight angle to burst over for the equalizer. With a little more momentum in an almost repeat move Duncan hit Millar from the pick at 8 and again from close range there was no stopping him under the posts. With Maguire's trusty boot adding the simple points it left the half time score a pleasing 14-7. The second half was more of the same, a struggle for dominance in the midfield, however, the game swayed in skins’ favour when into the final quarter Randalstown missed a penalty in front of the posts. Then soon after an unlikely break from McKane supported by fellow prop Tummon gave the home side the territory and quick recycling allowed Millar once again to power and dance under the posts for his hat trick of tries and now a healthy 21-7 lead. The next 15 minutes saw Randalstown press hard to retrieve something and despite strong tight defence from Baker and Kelly with stern tackling from fullback Rutledge and wing Breen, the visitors eventually got their reward out wide with a try in the corner. With the conversion missed and only minutes on the clock the game was skins but, with the bonus try in mind, it was now the final push by the home side. After a couple of swift attacks it finally looked on with the overlap there but an unfortunate knock on brought a good game to an end. Reflecting on the match a little more composure in the red zone and a better start would have made a bonus win a possibility, but given the opposition and importance in opening up the gap at the top of the league the valuable four points were gratefully received. Attention turns to a home quarter final cup tie to Portadown for the 2s this weekend.