Coleraine suffer narrow defeat in Enniskillen

Action from Coleraine's defeat at Enniskillem
Action from Coleraine's defeat at Enniskillem

Coleraine First XV narrowly lost out at Enniskillen on Saturday and had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point.

It was only the team’s second match in this year’s Kukri Ulster Rugby Championships and they held the lead for much of the game.

A late try brought the visitors back to within two points but they ran out of time to change the outcome, Enniskillen 22-20 Coleraine.

In the game the first points went to the home side after the award of a penalty try following a protracted series of scrums on the Coleraine five-metre line. 7-0

Coleraine went on the attack from the restart and Cameron Fulton slotted the ball between the posts for three points after a penalty award. 7-3

After half an hour Coleraine capitalised on a strong attacking position, Brian Hughes making the final yards to score under the posts. Fulton was on target for the extras. 7-10

Approaching halftime Enniskillen scored an unconverted try and within minutes Coleraine replied with another well struck Fulton penalty, leaving the scoreline 12-13 at the break.

In the early stages of the second half Coleraine were twice reduced to 14 men following yellow card decisions. The home side took their opportunity scoring a converted try and claiming three points from a penalty. 19-13

In the closing minutes Coleraine again attacked and Bradley Dempster made a scything run to score a great try, converted by Fulton. Although Coleraine attacked, they were unable to find another score and the final tally was Enniskillen 22-20 Coleraine.

Also on Saturday Coleraine Seconds travelled to Instonians in Belfast. The Bannsiders produced a dominant performance and a resounding 12-39 win.

This weekend Coleraine First XV travel to CIYMS in Belfast whilst the Seconds and Thirds host Omagh 3s and Larne 3s respectively.