Ballynahinch 4’s 17 Enniskillen 2’s 3
Daniel Carson reports from Ballymacarn Park
BALLYNAHINCH came out on top in a tightly contested game on a very muddy pitch and in terrible weather conditions. It was Enniskillen however who got first points on the board after a series of penalties against the men in green resulted in a shot at goal which was duly converted.
This seemed to spur the home side on and shortly after falling behind they were camped on the opposition’s line. Good continuity play from the forwards forced a penalty which was taken quickly and found the hands off second row Iain Smith, with a great deal of help from Murdock he managed to bash his way over for the try. Due to the ball being blown off the kicking tee the drop goal conversion was missed.
Hinch’s second try came after more great phase play saw the ball retained deep in Enniskillen territory. The ball was quickly moved wide to the right and simple hands from full back Jamie Thompson put Nick McCavery over in the corner, again the conversion was missed. As the weather got progressively worse the game descended into a procession of scrums with neither side being able to keep hold of the ball.
Good game management from Jonny Murdock and Dan Carson kept the visitors well away from the Hinch line. With the rain now coming down sideways it was left to the captain to grab his side’s final points. After throwing a dummy in the midfield Carson had just enough pace and traction to slide in under the posts and convert his own score.
Ballynahinch 4th XV: Thompson, McCavery, Edgar, Bowsie, Keatley, Carson, J.Murdock, Jones, G.Murdock, G.Rea, Smith, Ireland, Maguire, C.Rea, Samuel