Ballyshannon win top of table clash

Ballyshannon win top of table clash
A top of the table clash took place on Saturday in Enniskillen with Ballyshannon ending up as convincing winners.

A top of the table clash took place on Saturday in Enniskillen with Ballyshannon ending up as convincing winners.

Enniskillen     12

Ballyshannon       56

 

The home side fancied their chances of overturning the champions of last year and came out of the blocks hell bent on taking the spoils. They were twelve points to three up after fifteen minutes and were encamped on the Ballyshannon line.

What followed was extraordinary as Ballyshannon blitzed the home side and scored fifty three points without reply.

Ballyshannon played this game without a specialist scrum-half which meant that they could not get quick ball to the speedy backs. Enniskillen kept the game tight early on and dominated the scrums and rucks and scored two trys in the first ten minutes. In fact they should have scored more tries but bad handling let them down.

Anthony Boyle kept Ballyshannon in the game with two well taken penalties. The best score of the game came courtesy of Ballyshannon winger Damian Cleary. Anthony Boyle received the ball while on his knees ten yards from his own line with three Enniskillen men around him. He got up dodged the oncoming players and fed Cleary with the ball who ran seventy yards and scored under the posts.

Ray Gallagher settled the Ballyshannon nerves with another well worked try and before half time the pocket rocket Gary Gillmartin scored under the posts. Ballyshannon were ahead 25-12 going into the second half.

Enniskillen began the second period as they began the first and for ten minutes were encamped on the Ballyshannon line. They did not manage to breech the visitors line due to tremendous defensive work of the Ballyshannon forwards.

The Ballyshannon try feast of the second half started when prop Enda Wymbs outwitted the Enniskillen defense and scored in the corner from the back of a ruck. Ray Gallagher got a second try before sub Mark Lyons scored in the corner.

The rout continued when centre Richard Gillespie scored under the posts and not to be out done full back Dara Keown got in on the act and scored under the posts. Anthony Boyle had a good day with the boot and converted three of the second half tries. All in all a good day for Ballyshannon and a lot they can work on for the cup.