Enniskillen President Tommy Dane believes their win in the Towns Cup final was a deserved reward for the hard work the players and coaches have put in during the season.

Ballymena struggled to cope with the pace and intensity of Enniskillen’s running game as the Fermanagh side racked up six tries on their way to victory, with the club President calling the team’s effort and style of play “first class” as they put on a show for the substantial travelling support.

“I think it is a fantastic result,” he said. “The boys have worked really hard throughout the season, training hard and out every training session with a full squad. I like to see them winning something because they deserve it.

"When you see the boys playing, they changed their style of play, and they are very fluid. They played a first-class game. Ballymena 2nds are a great team as well and great opposition, and it was a great game to watch because it was so close.

"There was no one running away at any stage, but the guys stuck at it and the result was fair. We kind of always had the upper hand and I think we were the better team for a lot of the match.

“That is down to the guys and the coaches,” he continued: “Alastair Keys and the rest of the coaches. I think everything just gelled so well together. The guys get on so well together. They are just like a family as well as a team. They have done so well.”

Dane believes the victory is the perfect tonic to put the disappointment of missing out on the league title behind them.

“We came so close in the league just missing out by a point, and that was hard to take, but I thought we were the better team on the day.

"It’s great to bring a cup home and win the Towns Cup. It’s only the fourth time that Enniskillen have taken the Towns Cup and I think it’s just brilliant.”

Next season will see the club mark its one-hundredth anniversary, and the President feels the celebrations off the pitch could well be matched by success on the pitch.

“Everything is coming together well,” he said. “Next season is our centenary and we have worked up towards that.

"We have a very young team at the minute, with a lot of experience coming in there now with them, and I think next year is onward and upward.”