A home match that was probably slotted in too late in the season resulted in both clubs presenting under strength teams of 6 players each. Nevertheless, as usual it was an intense encounter. As expected, the one junior pairing finished quickly with a win for Enniskillens’ Chris Curran over Ivo Bozhilov, this was followed by James White on Board 5 underestimating how improved a player Tom Johnston has become. Within 30 minutes, its 0-2 Enniskillen.
Next to finish was Adrian Gilmore on board 3, playing with the black pieces and possibly being relieved to get a perpetual check against Enniskillens’ Jim Connolly. The first victory for Omagh came on Board 2 when John Harding won on time against Colm O Mhuireagain, the opposite of the away fixture result. After Peter McGirrs’ victory against Michael Donaghy the last match to end was Board 1. This looked to be surely heading John Philips way as John Bradley already with an inferior position was in deep time trouble. Nevertheless with some skillful play aided by an error by John Phillips, a JB win meant the final close victory for Enniskillen by 3.5-2.5, was a much more respectable result than the away game before Christmas!
John Phillips(w) 0-1 John Bradley
Colm O Mhuireagain(b) 0-1 John Harding
Jim Connolly(w) 0.5-0.5 Adrian Gilmore
Peter McGirr(b) 1-0 Michael Donaghy
Tom Johnston (w) 1-0 James White
Chris Curran (b) 1-0 Ivo Bozhilov