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Faloon hails fast-starting Armagh

Enniskillen Royal 5 RS Armagh 24

Armagh Royal forged into a 24-0 half-time lead and although Enniskillen Royal had the better of the second-half exchanges, the deficit was far too much and they could only manage one try against the visitors' robust defence.

Armagh coach Willie Faloon said: "We came out of the blocks well and put them under immediate pressure. We had the wind and the slight slope in our favour and the sun on our backs and we dictated possession. Prop Matthew Kilic put us ahead with a try before an overlap on the wing resulted in Nicky Jennings running in. Following a lot of pressure, our No.8 Ryan O'Neill drove over from close in for Glen Faloon to convert.

"Just before half-time, centre Zac Thompson took a fine line and ran through a couple of defenders to touch down for another converted try."

It was a different matter in the second half as Enniskillen came to life and started to play the type of rugby they are capable of. Unfortunately for them, the Armagh defence was up to the challenge and despite all their territorial advantage they could only cross their opponents' line once. Their left winger Ewan Haire was the scorer and he make a big contribution, as did Jack Rutledge and Reece Barrett.

Faloon thought his team allowed Enniskillen back into the contest. He added: "We had to battle hard and No.8 Ryan O'Neill, prop Jack Trainor and captain and flanker James Dunne all tackled hard to keep them out."

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