ALTHOUGH he was named man-of-the-match during Omagh Accies first All Ireland League victory in 17 years on Saturday, outhalf Scott Elliott was keen to stress that their opening day success was a team effort.
The 25-year-old, who described himself as one of the ‘old boys’ in a talented young squad, weighed in with three decisive penalties to add to Adam Pollock’s try to help the Accies claw back a 10-3 deficit for a winning start to their campaign.
“I didn’t think I had that strong a game,” he admitted. “The team came together after we went 10-3 down quickly. The boys took the game by the scruff of the neck and after my last penalty went over to make it 13-14 we held out fairly comfortably for the last five minutes.”
And while many questioned their chances in Munster ahead of their first Ulster Bank League Division Two C game of the season, given a mounting injury list at the Thomas Mellon Playing Fields, Elliott stressed that the players never doubted themselves.
“We definitely thought that it was going to happen,” he confirmed. “We knew from last year that we played well and we have nothing to fear. It helps that we have a young team, one that’s not used to losing.”
Having overcome their first major challenge of the All Ireland League season with aplomb, Elliott and his teammates now have their first home game to look forward to when they entertain another Munster outfit on Saturday.
Making the journey north this weekend are Midleton, who started their campaign with a 20-10 home win over Seapoint and the Accies are hoping to turn the Thomas Mellon Playing Fields into a fortress this season in a bid to retain their senior status for the forseeable future.
“It meant a lot to win our first game back in the All Ireland League. We’ve all heard the stories from the older guys at the club about what it was like back in the day and we all hope to be part of the next generation to bring it on,” Elliott explained.
“It would be great to win our first home game back. If for no other reason than the importance of a home record at this level, because of you win most of your home games you’ll be almost assured of staying up. So if we can get a couple of wins in our next few games, we’ll have had an excellent start to the season.”
The Accies Ulster Bank Division Two C game at home to Midleton kicks-off at 2.30pm this afternoon.
Posted: 9:35 am September 23, 2017