Schools’ Cup clash ends in deadlock

Philip Rainey shrugs off pressure from Bangor. JB30

Omagh Academy …8
Bangor Grammar…8
OMAGH Academy and Bangor Grammar will have to do it all over again after yesterday’s (Wednesday) third round Schools’ Cup tie at a muddy Campsie Playing Fields ended in deadlock.
The replay will take place on Saturday morning at Bangor and having surrendered home advantage, Ross Hunter’s young charges will now take on the mantle of underdogs in a bid to set up a last-16 tie against Rainey Endowed, who defeated Portadown College 13-5.
That said in poor underfoot conditions the Tyrone representatives proved more than a match for the Seasiders and they should certainly take confidence from the fact that they finished this gripping enounter camped on their opponents’ line and pressing for the winning score.
All the evidence suggested that yesterday’s clash would be a close run thing and for 70 plus minutes there was no quarter given or asked.
An early Stewart Ballantine penalty gave Omagh the lead but it was the visitors who led 5-3 at the break after their starman Zach Kerr galloped clear to dive over.
The Academy boys responded in magnificent fashion after the interval and 12 minutes in had their noses back in front. Ballintine found touch deep in Bangor’s 22 after the visitors were penalised, Armstrong claimed the ball off the top and after the Academy pack barged over it was the foraging Philip Rainey who emerged with the ball.
In truth the remainder of the tie became even more of an arm wrestle but crucially the Academy conceded a penalty straight in front of their posts and Rhys Larmour made no mistake to level the scores and secure a replay with a little over 10 minutes left on the clock.
The Teams
Omagh Academy
Kilfedder; McKelvey; McKinley; McCay; Sproule; Rainey; Booth; Armstrong; Marechaux; Ritchie; Irvine; Lagan; Ballantine; Small; Liggett; Bell; Brolly; Nelson; Porter; Alexander; Stewart; Shiels; Gillis.
Bangor Grammar
McCrossan; Gamble; Brown; Winters; Westwood; Gibson; Pritchard; Wells; Larmour; Sexton; Quinn; Lusty; Z Kerr; Stewart; Young; Moore; Cavan; Bain; McKeown; M Kerr; M Bell; Simpson; Christie.
M Wilson (Downpatrick)

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