Hard luck to the college U14 Rugby team who were beaten 26-39 by local rivals Fivemiletown HS in their Ulster Rugby HS Shield match this afternoon.
St Michael's opened up the scoring with a brilliantly worked try from scrumhalf Paddy Sinclair after some very strong carries from props, Joe Murphy and Michael Cleary. The boys added a second try with the outstanding Austin Cassidy with a pick and go from a scrum inside the FMT 22. Paddy O'Hare added the conversion. making it 12-0 with 5 mins left of the first half.
A couple of missed tackles allowed Fivemiletown HS back in the game, but a cracking tackle by winger Emmett McGurn prevented a third try before halftime, giving them a slender 12-14 lead. Fivemiletown HS used the strong wind to their advantage in the second half, pinning the St Michael's team inside their 22 for the opening 10 mins, adding 2 more tries from their sizeable Outhalf.
The work rate from Jamie Lannon, Austin Cassidy and Naoise Hill in the pack was very impressive and centre partners Fintan Doyle and Shea O'Neill were outstanding in defense throughout the game.
St Michael's finished the game on the front foot with outhalf Paddy O'Hare and inside centre Fintan Doyle moving the ball away from danger for Doyle to score and O'Hare to add the extras.
The strong wind meant the second half was a game for the rugby purist and Joe Murphy powered across the line for a try from 10 metres. O'Hare added the conversion with a curling kick across the face of the posts.
Thanks to Enniskillen RFC for the use of the facilities and congratulations to Fivemiltown HS whose strong carrying and use of the wind was the difference between the teams.