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Accies make light of missing players

Neil Brown  and Ally Beckett  both scored on Saturday

Neil Brown and Ally Beckett both scored on Saturday

LARNE    18
OMAGH ACCIES    49
OMAGH Accies booked their place in the quarter finals of the Junior Cup courtesy of an impressive victory over Larne at the Glynn on Saturday.

Richard Smyth’s wedding saw Omagh fielding a depleted team for this second round meeting against an emerging Larne side, but the Accies rose to the challenge in magnificent fettle by positing eight tries to two in the process.

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Larne opened the scoring with a Phillip Andrews penalty only for Neil Maclaine to restore parity for the Tyrone side. Ali Beckett then struck for the first try of the contest that went unconverted, but with Ryan Garrett, Andrews and Captain Eddie Hunter to the fore Larne continued to make life difficult for Omagh.

Andrews landed a second penalty before Neil Brown added a second visiting try for a 13-6 advantage. However, Larne came roaring back with a converted try of their own.

Omagh though were showing signs of taking control and in the run up to half time the returning Alan Heaney grabbed a try that Maclaine converted for a 20-13 lead.

A serious injury to Larne full back Stewart Andrews (broken shoulder blade) resulted in a lengthy delay and saw the game transferred to another pitch for the second half, but it was Omagh who were in the ascendancy.

Ryan Mitchell barged over the try line before Stewart McCain grabbed a pair of five pointers as Omagh established control on the score board. Larne to their credit continued to battle with a second try that went unconverted but despite rousing displays from Jordan Burns, Ryan McAlister and Johnny Hall Larne could get no closer.

Omagh sealed an impressive victory with late tries from Michael Gibson and Beckett.

Omagh will be looking to maintain the winning habits, when they make the trip to the Cran to face Clogher Valley in the big Kukri Division One Championship derby on Saturday.

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