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Accies one step from possible All Ireland return

A Clonmel player is cornered by Omagh Accies players

OMAGH Accies are just 80 minutes away from a return to the All Ireland League after a thrilling 25-13 play-off victory over Clonmel at the Thomas Mellon Playing Fields on Saturday.

A blistering opening spell which yielded three tries in 26 minutes laid the platform for a momentous win however it took a massive defensive effort in the second half to see Omagh across the line.

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James Catterson, with a splendid brace of tries, following a fifth minute touch down by flanker Mervyn Edgar put the hosts in the driving seat but it wasn’t until Lee Murphy and Scott Elliott landed penalties apiece in the final five minutes that Omagh had secured a famous victory over the Munster champions.

The Accies now face a winner-takes-all promotion-relegation play-off against Boyne at the County Louth venue next Saturday in a bid to secure a long-awaited return to the All Ireland League 20 years on from their one and only venture on the national stage.

Accies coach Phil Marshall believes all the pressure will be on Boyne in the play-off decider.

“It’s going to be real battle on their patch. They have to be massive favourites but we’ll give them a game, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

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