Portadown U16 50
Enniskillen U16 7
Enniskillen U16s travelled away on Saturday morning to one of the hot favourites in the South region in Portadown, to try to build on a good performance last Friday night against Cavan.
A few noticeable absentees from their starting 15 was not going to deter an 18 strong squad. The lads set off at a decent pace and had to defend for the first 15 minutes against a much bigger pack of forwards and eventually the pressure told with big carries from their number 7 & 8 resulting in their Hooker scoring in the corner. A great conversion followed. Portadown went again for another two tries in quick succession from their well drilled back line and their 13 & 14 scored one each.
Skins then had a long period of pressure in the Portadown half and 22 and this was only stopped short of a try by the excellent work of their 7 who was easily man of the match, turning it over they went down the other end for a score.
This however was not to deter the Enniskillen men. They worked hard with many brilliant pick and drives to get right back again to the Portadown 5m line. They were eventually awarded an overdue penalty 10m from the line. With some invention from their tap penalties James Rosswent quickly and made a bee line for the try line, avoiding the obvious head on collisions and forcing himself over the line between two Portadown forwards for a well deserved team try. It was superbly converted from out wide by Caoilte Farry, who kicked brilliantly all day. Half time. 26-7.
Skins made their normal full set of substitutions at half time and the new men did well for the first ten minutes. However they did tire and the slick Portadown back line ran in another four trys in the second half. Unfortunately the hard work for 30 minutes was not rewarded with any further scores but Skins come home with heads held high after a very decent performance from a side that continues to develop. It was a solid performance particularly from all the young players who made the step up from u14s to 16s this year. Morgan Leonard, Adam Smith, Zak Donnell, Caoilte Farry and finally Dominic Perrett who all performed well.
Skins now turn to rivals Clogher Valley where they head next Saturday morning. All support would be most welcome.