Skins U14 girls welcomed Buccaneers to Mullaghmeen last Saturday, in an early pre season match to compete for the Scallon Youth Cup, kindly presented to the club by Siobhan Allister.

Wet and breezy conditions were not favourable for either side.

Due to holiday commitments and players on Ulster duty the U14 girls were without the full cup winning squad, although those called up did not disappoint and put in great performances.

Skins started off to a flying start and had the majority of the play for the first 10 minutes putting in some great tackles especially by captain Cara Brock who was leading by example, Karla Crozier and Abigail Kernaghan.

Buccaneers weathered the fast start Skins had made and put together some great passing through the hands utilising their nippy wingers to score a couple of tries.

Both teams appeared rusty from the holiday break and even with some great rucking and support play from Jessie Kingston, Abbie McCarthy Magwood, Eva Fowler and Rowena Kells, Buccaneers went into half time leading Skins.

The second half started much similar as the first ended with Buccaneers playing the ball through the hands trying to breach the Skins defence who were repelling the attacks. Buccaneers then scored a number of converted tries following an injury to captain Cara Brock.

Skins never gave up and this never say die attitude was rewarded when Cerys Robinson weaved through the Buccaneers defence after some great build up play to score a brilliant try which was converted by Mia McGrath.

Sadly this late rally was not enough to win the game and Buccaneers ran out winners.

The final 25 minutes were played with younger development squad members joining the game and for many this was their first competitive game at this level.

This ended Buccaneers winning by three tries to two with Abigail Kernaghan and Mia McGrath crossing the line to score for Skins.

This was a great game of rugby played in the true spirit of the game and some valuable lessons learnt by the girls for the season ahead.

Irish Sevens star, Claire Boles, on break from the Sevens circuit, presented medals to players of the day from both teams.

The second game saw a six strong Enniskillen contingent take part in the Ulster U18 Interpro warm up game against Connacht.

The Westerners won 29-7 with Anna Wilson, Amanda Farrell, Leah Irwin, Sarah Corry, Niamh Barrett and Gemma Elliott taking part.

Alex Boyd and Sarah Johnston were part of the squad but were injured.

The final match saw U16s from the same provinces play one another.

Enniskillen’s Natalie Turner, Amy Meeke, Alice Seaney and Julia Mulligan all took part.

Ulster had a superb win with a late try under the posts converted by Seaney to make it a hugely entertaining 17-10 win