OMAGH ACCIES ……33
OMAGH Accies hopes of a top four finish may be dependent on other results, but they are still on track following Saturday afternoon’s bonus point victory over visiting CIYMS.
The victory delighted coach Phil Marshall because he fielded a makeshift team owing to a stag party celebration.
“It is a massive result for us considering the number of players we had missing. We used eight players from the seconds and, to get a bonus point win was pleasing,” he enthused.
“You have to credit CI because they tried to run the ball at every opportunity and, they were a much stronger opponent from the team we faced up at Belmont over Christmas.”
Played in pleasant conditions, it was nip and tuck throughout a lively opening half with the two teams sharing five tries between them. The Belfast men may have lost every game this season but they signalled their intentions with Matt Butler breaching the Accies defence to score with Tim Murphy supplying the conversion to send the under dogs into a 7-0 lead. Omagh responded with a Stuart McCain try that full back David Ward converted.
Murphy converted a second visiting try from Stewart Ferguson with Omagh retorting in kind as Mervyn Edgar crossed to complete a sweeping counter attacking move. Winger Ryan Mitchell then gave Omagh the lead with the third try and with Ward landing both conversions Omagh entered the break 21-14 ahead.
CI continued to chase the game in the second period and, a second Butler try offered them some hope. Murphy narrowly missed the conversion before the hoops challenge collapsed when referee Chris Busby red carded a player for striking.
The Accies were struggling to go through the phases, but with numerical advantage, they upped the tempo and managed to close out the match. McCain sealed the bonus point with Ward converting for a 28-19 lead.
Omagh concluded the scoring through a Yonga Telani try and with Ward having departed the action Neil Mellon was unlucky to see his attempted conversion narrowly failing.
Omagh are due to travel to neighbouring Clogher for a massive derby on Wednesday evening, but at the time of writing, the match may be switched back to Saturday.
Kyle Alexander, Adam Pollock, John Blair, Mervyn Edgar, Johnny Giboney, David McFarland, Stuart Lyons, James Catterson, Stuart McCain, Andy Allen, Matthew Eccles, Yonga Telani, Michael Gibson, Ryan Mitchell, David Ward. Replacements – Neil Mellon, Jack Mitchell
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