Clogher Valley 1st XV 8 Enniskillen 1st XV 3

Clogher Valley prevailed in a tight local derby at the Cran on Satuirday when Kurt Cobane pounced for the only try of the game to edge out local rivals Skins by 8-3 following a low scoring affair. 
This game was played in dire conditions between two teams whose league positions are not too pretty either and the win for Clogher keeps their slim survival hopes alive. 
Clogher’s Davy Black admits that they will probably need to win all four remaining games to have any hope. 
“Realistically we need to win all four games and also then rely on results elsewhere but we were very happy with the win on Saturday. Mathematically it is still possible and hopefully we can kick on against Ballyclare next Tuesday night,” explained Black. 
“The boys turned around a 38 point defeat to Skins earlier in the season and I think we deserved the win overall. We defended well in the first half and felt we did enough to turn it around in the second half playing with the wind and downhill. That is how it turned out and the boys deserve great credit. The performance of young boys in the back row like Jonny Porter and Ross Finlay augurs well for the future while veteran Andy Breen was also immense. It was good team performance all around.” 
Skins coach Willie Gibson was naturally disappointed. 
“It was a tight game all the way through and we did not take our chances early on whereas they took their chance in the second half and that was the difference. We were a bit confused by the referee’s interpretation of the breakdown at the ruck but it was the same for both teams,” said Gibson. 
Enniskillen have two games left away to Ballyclare and at home to fellow strugglers Coleraine. 
“We don’t want to be in the bottom two because second from bottom faces a play-off against Randalstown which won’t be easy so it’s time for the boys to produce the goods on the field and the good thing it is still all in our own hands,” concluded Gibson. 
On a wet and windy Saturday afternoon, it was the Enniskillen that started brighter, utilising the strong wind on their backs to pin Valley inside their own half. 
Enniskillen, however, failed to turn pressure into points on too many occasions, with basic errors costing them, and allowing Clogher to clear their lines. 
Clogher’s Finlay and Porter were impressing at this stage for the home team.
Despite the dangerous running of Ashley Finlay and Connor Keys, the home side’s defence was resolute, allowing only one kickable penalty opportunity, which Lendrum was happy to take advantage of, giving his side a slender 3-0 lead going into half time.
The second half was an inversion of the first, with the wind obviously playing a large part in the match. 
Valley saw much of the ball but were largely unable to puncture Enniskillen’s defence. 
An early Neil Trotter penalty brought the scores level, and meant Enniskillen needed to hold on to the ball better in order to have better field position and scoring opportunities. 
Clogher were now on top and Clive Donaldson, Alister Trenier and Josh Coulter combined well after Cobane crashed over for the only try of the game. 
The coversion hit the upright as five points separated the teams.
Enniskillen tried valiantly to mount pressure to get the score they needed but Clogher held out to secure their third win of the season and keep alive their slim hopes of survival.