The drama that unfolded at the end of the Towns’ Cup semi-final showed the agony and ecstasy of cup rugby.

Both sides had battled for everything to claim a place in the final, but unfortunately for one their journey came to an end at the Cran last Saturday.

For Enniskillen manager, Stevie Welsh his side live to fight another day and for this he can thank his side’s never say die attitude when it all looked lost as the clock ticked toward full time.

“Yeah, we left it late. The second half didn’t exactly go the way we wanted game plan wise but that’s Cup rugby and local rivalry, all that stuff goes out the window.

“We left it late and in fairness Clogher came at us in the second half and we found ourselves in a tough position, but we dug ourselves out of it.

“I think especially since Christmas the boys never throw the towel in, and always keep going. There is a load of leaders on the pitch and even right before the play we were confident we could go from our own line.”

This desire to play until the final whistle paid off for the Skins against what seemed like massive odds as the game wore on.

Clogher Valley head coach Stephen Bothwell felt his side had done enough to win the game, but the small decisions and actions forced one final twist in this struggle.

“I thought we had done enough. I think everybody thought we had done enough.

“We were well on top probably in the second half we were further in play and just a slip near the end cost us. That’s what happens.”

Stephen felt his side had played the better rugby on the day, but the Skins game plan of playing tight rugby was effective, making it hard for Clogher to get the ball back.

“Especially in the second half we played better and more rugby than Enniskillen. They were happy to keep it simple and they done it very effectively. We probably let them in to the scoring area of the field easily.

“I just thought we played a better brand of rugby but that’s not what wins Cup rugby.”

Although it was considered bonus territory for Clogher, Stephen would have loved to be preparing for the final on Easter Monday.

“The more you get the more you want. When you get that close you want the whole thing and when the boys put in such a big effort it would have been nice to get a reward for it.”

But it is Enniskillen who will be preparing for the Easter Monday showdown with Ballyclare.

A third final in four years for the club, they will be hoping that they can exorcise any past demons when they get to the final.

Stevie is confident that, although they will be underdogs going into the game, if his side get their preparation right, he will be confident of causing an upset.

“It was a massive goal for us this year. Myself and Davey Buchanan have been involved in four finals. There are a lot of boys who have never won anything within Enniskillen Senior side, and we want to try and put that to bed.”

Skins and Ballyclare have played each other twice already this season with the Co. Antrim side coming out with victories on both occasions.

“We played Ballyclare in the league twice and we lost both games narrowly.

“They are a quality side but I’m confident that if we turn up and put it the same effort, we can cause an upset.

“It will be one hell of a battle.”

Enniskillen will take on Ballyclare on Monday, April 22 at 2.30pm in Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill.