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Enniskillen 2XV 30
Ballynahinch 3XV 10
Enniskillen 2nd XV secured themselves a Crawford Plate Final last weekend on top of their blistering league performance in a dominant win over difficult opponents in the form of Ballynahinch 3rd XV. The game was played at Mullaghmeen in high wind with torrential rain in the lead up to kick off leaving a heavy surface.
Skins had a good start with the forward pack putting good pressure on from the kick off, Eric Elliott and Gary Thornton carrying hard at the opposition. The scrum was solid from Skins through the front row of Patton, McCabe and McKane while Eddie Roofe tormented the opposition lineout leaving it difficult for the visitors to build any foundation to attack from.
After forcing the penalty early on Maguire took the lead with a kick at goal from well out in high wind to go 3-0 up. Shortly afterwards Johnny Magwood cut through the middle of the park to score the first try of the game, bringing the scoreline to 8-0.
Hinch came back hard now using their big pack and hard carrying forward to good effect. Keeping themselves in the game with a charge over the line to reduce the deficit to 8-5.
Skins responded well with good hands from the backs putting away Daniel Clyde in the corner who showed good pace. Maguire adding the extras to go 15-5 up going into the half.
The second half continued in the same vein, a tough battle and a big defensive shift from flankers Roofe and Mulholland while Duncan at eight showed his usual carrying ferocity. Pressure on Hinch in their own half and a charge down on the scrum half from Roofe allowed Clyde to gather for his second score, unconverted to go 20-5 up.
Hinch attempted a reprisal yet again to make for an interesting final 20 as they made inroads into the Skins half once again and crossed the line to leave things at 20-10. The Skins forwards showed their own ability in the narrow channels now as Richie Willis began a pick and go well out from the try line and was driven over with the help of a shove from his forward pack.
Jack Breen ended proceedings in style as he collected a scrappy attempted exit from the Hinch backs, collecting a kick and slicing through multiple defenders to cross the line, 30-10 at the final whistle.
It was another excellent performance from the side with Henshall and Maguire orchestrating things excellently at 9 and 10 while the back three of Charlton, Breen and Clyde were solid in difficult conditions.
It was a huge win against a club renowned for phenomenal strength in depth and a final is justly deserved for this 2s side who have shown incredible consistency this season in the league and managed some tremendous wins.