Limavady U16 Girls 21 Enniskillen U16 Girls 17

The eagerly awaited ‘top of the table’ clash took place on Sunday during fairly mixed weather conditions in front of a large and vocal crowd.

Playing only 13 a side on a reduced pitch due to concussion injuries for the home side, the game started well for Enniskillen.

Concentrating on the patterns they have been working on in training, Skins dominated the first 30 minutes with a display that, to date, this season was unrivalled.

Led by Captain Corry, the pack carried strongly and with purpose and every player on the pitch rucked with ferocity and determination.

This gave a positive platform for Armstrong at 9 to deliver consistent ball to Meeke at 10, who fed an eager back line where Hamill, Brennan and Magee caused lots of problems out wide for the home team.

With the momentum all going one way, the Skins girls made the yards against what was a very strong defence.

Eventually the pressure told and following a quick tap penalty by Maguire and some beautiful off-loading by the rampaging forwards, Gemma Elliott crashed over out wide to make it 0-5.

With the nerves settled the Skins side really upped the ante. The handling was a pleasure to watch and the line breaks were happening all over the pitch.

Stunned

The stunned Limavady side, who are unbeaten this year with very few scores conceded, rallied hard but Enniskillen were continually getting in behind and causing problems.

Strong running from Corry, Elliott, Maguire and Moore allowed the momentum to remain with the visitors and it wasn’t long before the ball was fed wide for Brennan to run in from the half-way line. The conversion was successful from Meeke as Skins moved into a 0-12 advantage.

The half finished in the same vein with Skins continuing to play the more cohesive game, allowing several more breaches of the hard-working Limavady defence.

Following another quick-tap penalty by Maguire, she crashed over for a super try to leave it 0-17 at half time.

With the game going their way the Skins took to the second half knowing that they just needed to continue with their pattern of play for another 30 mins.

The half started well; however, there was a change in the air that was almost palpable with the home side now suddenly awake and looking more organised.

Having said that, for the first five minutes Skins remained in control; however, some bad habits were starting to show as they perhaps relaxed a little too much and lost some of their shape.

As is often the case in games, pivotal events occur and for Skins the next 10 minutes proved critical.

The loss of Captain Corry, the incredibly effective Moore and the dangerous Brennan all within a few minutes created huge disruption.

From this point in the game Limavady slowly and methodically started to creep back into things.

With Skins now not securing their own ruck ball, and lacking a little punch, the mistakes started to happen as the concentration level fell off.

This allowed the home side to begin to dominate the loose through their very effective pack and this started the unravelling of what should have been a solid win.

For the last 15 minutes of the half Limavady camped Enniskillen in their own 22, and as the pitch cut up and the mud started to cake the players, the momentum and belief swung totally towards the home side.

With their supporters behind them, they pounded the Skins line. A brave and incredibly resistant defensive effort eventually gave way for the first converted score as they made it 7-17.

With their tails up, Limavady showed why they were unbeaten, and credit where credit is due – they then went on to score another two almost identical converted tries, leaving the final score 21-17.