Enniskillen 2XV v Ballymena 3XV Fixture - Feb 9, 2019

Team Score Pts
Enniskillen 2XV 48 - 14 Ballymena 3XV

Match Report

Enniskillen 2nd XV 48 – 14 Ballymena 3rd XV.
A welcomed break in the weather saw Enniskillen 2nd XV take to the pitch under a blue sky at Mullaghmeen. The Enniskillen men did not take long to put points on the board with an early score from Jarlath Maguire in the corner, the product of some good interlinking play from the backs. Enniskillen regathered the restart and some good go-forward ball from David Taylor and Gary Thornton allowed the Enniskillen backs to shift the ball wide to Daniel Clyde who managed to evade a number of Ballymena tackles to carry the ball over the line for the second score. Ballymena eventually got into the swing of things and after some strong carries from the pack, managed to get across the line after a number of charges from the base of the ruck. Enniskillen claimed the restart and a good clearing kick gave them the opportunity to maul from the line out which devastated the Ballymena defence, Alan Ferguson getting the try. 
The second half started in similar fashion with the forwards providing quick ball for the backs. Steven Fox, finding himself in the ten position, managed to filter the ball out to the backs through centres Rutledge and Magwood resulting in Enniskillen crossing the line in the corner for another try. Maguire maintained his composure and made up for his few missed conversions in the first half with a fine kick from the side line. Some solid defence kept Ballymena parked deep inside their own half, finally seeing Enniskillen awarded with a scrum ten meters out from the visitors line. The Enniskillen scrum, having been strong all day, drove the Ballymena pack back with David Taylor dotting it down over the line, Maguire adding the two points. Ballymena finally got a number of phases of play together with some successful carries from their forwards. It was however the Ballymena centre who was the one to break through the Enniskillen defence, scoring underneath the posts. Enniskillen were then to produce their most eye-catching try of the day after a perfectly executed set play by the backs saw Jarlath Maguire run in for a try in the corner without being touched. With confidence high the Enniskillen backs were running riot against the tiring Ballymena defence. Two further tries from Magwood scoring from another set piece play and Finlay who cantered in from the half way line wrapping up a very pleasing result for Enniskillen, 48-14 to the home side. The 2nd XV host Dungannon 3XV this Saturday as they seek to continue their quest for league dominance.