SKERRIES Under-19s continued their unbeaten start to the season with their fifth consecutive league win in ideal conditions at Holmpatrick on Saturday.'Winning ugly', they say, is a mark of a good team, but the Skerries lads won't look back on this one with any fondness. Missing a number of regular starters and fielding several others in positions with which they were unfamiliar, the Fingal men only fleetingly produced the quality rugby that many have come to expect of this squad. Dundalk, playing with the aid of a steady breeze, started the brighter of the two and appeared to be quickly into their stride, putting some excellent phases together and testing Skerries' scramble defence to its fullest. However, it was the home side who struck first with a simple penalty scored on 12 minutes by Conor Lennox following some excellent continuity and a series of rucks which drew the defence offside in the centre. The visitors were then unfortunate when following a blindside break they appeared to have scored with a run-in from a missed tackle and their first real breach of the Skerries defence, only to have the score ruled out for obstruction. Dundalk got scant reward for an excellent spell of pressure and possession, one simple penalty from in front of the posts making the score 3-3 following an offside in the centre of the Skerries defence. Skerries then produced probably their best passage of play, and following several phases of play and a neat blind-side break they executed an excellent overlap, with Evan Sherlock dotting down in the corner. The conversion was missed, leaving the half-time score 8-3 in Skerries' favour. The home side used the breeze superbly in the second period, with both scrum half Eoghan Carron and out half Lennox producing excellent kicks from hand. Skerries were rewarded for their pressure on 50 minutes when, following the block-down of a 22-metre drop-out Padraig Hickey and Ciaran Leonard won possession, and with the Dundalk defence scrambling Lennox spotted a gap to touch down close to the posts. He converted his own try to bring the scoreline to 15-3. But Dundalk were certainly not finished and they scored an excellent try of their own 10 minutes later with a nicely worked move from clean lineout ball in the Skerries 22 which they spread wide, catching the defence napping and scoring in the corner. The conversion was missed, but with the scores standing now at 15-8 the stage was set for a nail-biting finish, and with time up Dundalk scored in the corner again, following what appeared to be an offside at the ruck. Nevertheless, Dundalk now had the conversion to come to tie the game, but the kick was missed and the points secured, much to the relief of all on the home side. Skerries will need to improve if they are to keep their run going and overcome some considerable challenges which lie ahead, with games against Navan, Wanderers and Clontarf in the coming weeks. SKERRIES: Padraig Hickey; Sean Attley, James Gibbs, Milo McCarthy, Dean Harford; Conor Lennox, Eoghan Carron; Neil Martin, David Monaghan, Ciaran McNally; Bob Mullen, Tom O'Riordan; Colin Horgan, Ciaran Leonard, Evan Sherlock. Replacements: Cormac Marrey, Mark Lenane.