Portadown U18 10
Enniskillen U18 50
Skins U18 boys travelled to Portadown RFC to face a strong 23 man squad, and from the first whistle Portadown showed their intent and hit a slow starting Skins team with full force, putting them on the back foot in their own 22. But with a bit of calming down after a few errors, this Skins team started to make the hard yards back, turning the ball over with some heavy defensive work by the three big back rowers of Niall Keenan, Conal Sweeney and Tomas Scallon, they worked the ball out to the out half of Will Greenaway who in turn moved to inside centre Dylan Flynn. Flynn drawing in the Portadown defence he offloaded to outside centre Oisin Jackson who sprinted and crossed the line for the first try of the game, converting his own try,
The kick off started again with Portadown not giving an inch and testing out the Skins resolve in defence; Ruairi Mc Manus, Luke Thompson, Francis McCrystal, Kyle Davis and Sean Mc Manus all putting in some try saving tackles and eventually winning the ball. With Skins working hard together and with quick turn over ball Skins Outside centre OJ raced up the field to score Skins' second try.
The kick off was taken and with a high tackle on a Portadown player they were awarded a penalty, through hard defence and nearly securing the ball Portadown got in for their first try which was unconverted. With a Skins kick off they hit forward with a strong defensive line and aggressive tackling they were fit to win back possession and with pure strength and determination Conal Sweeney steamed rolled his way knocking over Portadown players on the way to score between the posts for an outstanding try, Converted again. Portadown again pressed forward not giving up and a high tackle outside the Skins 5m line gave a penalty to the home team which seen them pod after pod gain and eventually getting over for their second try in converted, which was to be their last in the game with another try from Niall Keenan and another for Sweeney, Skins lead the half by 31-10
The second half was a pure guts performance from this Skins side not giving an inch, and punishment again for the home side when Dylan Flynn ran straight in for a try, unconverted. Not to be out done Skins' massive lock Tomás Scallon steamed down the right wing and put the ball in between the posts, converted. The pressure on Portadown continued and it was the recently returned from injury scrum half Jack McGowan who moved the ball to Greenaway who, with a beautiful high kick, saw new wing speedster Patrick Abbott score his first try with a pacy crash over the line, converted. The half played out to a splendid display from this Skins side, Winning 50-10 at the final whistle. An injury for Sean Mc Manus saw Ciaran Burns come on and a change on the wing saw Shane Higgins put in another great shift. It’s two big wins for Skins in two weeks and confidence will be high as they travel to Clogher Valley this Saturday.