OMAGH Men’s Hockey team took on Portadown at Campsie on Saturday past in what promised to be a key match for the local side as they continue a very successful run following their promotion to Junior League 6 at the start of this season.
Unbeaten until the previous weekend when they travelled to Stormont and NICS where they pulled off a draw in the closing minutes of the game, Saturday saw them heading into the games as league leaders against second place Portadown and knowing that victory would improve their chances of league success again this year.
What should have been an enjoyable match was marred by an over-zealous visiting umpire who at one stage in the first half had three Omagh players sent off for reasons that remain unclear.
This resulted in a young and skilful Portadown side taking the lead midway through the first half and although they continued to dominate possession Omagh managed to hold out until the half-time whistle at 0-1.
The second half saw Omagh take the field with a more resilient attitude and they soon started to dominate play. The game developed into a very enjoyable end-to-end contest with both sides fighting for possession. Omagh finally got a well-deserved equaliser, scored by Geoff Hawkes, as the result of a well-worked short corner.
Omagh were unlucky not to score a winner in the closing minutes of the game, with several chances being stopped on the line by the opposition’s goalkeeper and defenders.