ENNISKILLEN 43 BANN SECONDS 10
Enniskillen started brightly and were keen to spread the ball at every opportunity. They were a well drilled team and the large boot of the out half meant any inroads by Bann into their half, was quickly erased with a huge kick putting the pressure back on the visitors.
The young Bann team however were defending well and some huge tackles from Matthew Bell and Paul Ross left Enniskillen in no doubt that they were in for a match.
Twenty minutes in and Bann eventually ran out of numbers as Enniskillen crossed for the opening converted try.
A big carry from former Bann player Jamie Johnston almost yielded a second try straight after the re-start but the defence scrambled well to keep the line intact. However after a 10 minute spell of sustained pressure Enniskillen scored again to leave Bann trailing 12-0.
A huge kick from the re-start was well fielded by Adam Stirling and his good counter-attacking work put Bann on the front foot. Stirling, playing his first game for the Seconds, was impressive throughout, as were his back three colleagues Shane Honeyford and Calum Boland.
Banbridge finally managed to get some ball and after strong running from Cameron Cromie they were awarded a penalty, converted by livewire scrum half Jason Gribbon.
Gribbon and Cromie were again prominent after a quick turnover by Stephen Patterson and the Bann front row of Ross Haughey, Lee Geddis and Andrew Jackson made some strong carries taking play deep inside the Enniskillen half.
What the visitors were lacking in size, they were certainly making up for it in passion and aggression and it was aggression and determination that got Jason Gribbon over for a converted try after clever play from Gareth Houston and Alan Thompson.
With the score now at 12-10 the young Bann team were very much in the ascendancy and putting the home team under pressure with Geddis and Cromie causing the home defence all sorts of problems with big ball-carrying runs.
Unfortunately 5 minutes before half time Bann flanker Lee Allen had to leave the field injured leaving the visitors to play the remaining 45 minutes with 14 players.
With 20 minutes to go and only one score between the teams Enniskillen began to make their superior numbers count and they ran in further scores to leave clear winners on a flattering scoreline.
The team and management wish Lee Allen well and hope he makes a quick recovery.
The Seconds return for a home game against Randalstown next Saturday where’ll they’ll hope to keep 15 players on the pitch for the full 80 minutes, and if they show the same sort of commitment, the result will take care of itself.