OMAGH Accies would gladly take a repeat of last season’s home clash with Tullamore, which ended in a 55-17 victory, when the teams clash at the Thomas Mellon Playing Fields today.
The two sides went into that clash after similar results the weekend before – Omagh winning 19-10 at City of Derry and Tullamore 27-0 victors at home against Bangor.
This time around they have identical records after the opening weekend of the season following the Accies’ 13-13 draw at newly promoted Clonmel and their opponents’ home stalemate against Skerries on the same scoreline.
Obviously, Omagh will be hoping those omens lead to the same outcome today, but they know they will have to work hard to achieve that.
“We’d take last year’s result now, but win first, put in a performance and then the points will take care of themselves after that!,” stressed Accies forward, Peter Todd.
“They’re the same one dimensional pack from last year, going by what information we could get. That’s pretty much what we’re expecting and it’s very much what we experienced in Clonmel.
“We can cope with that and hopefully the weather conditions will be a bit better.
“What we want to do is wear them down so we can get our backs into it – we’re looking forward to it.”
Moving the ball and doing so quickly and effectively will be key against Tullamore, but the battle up front will have to be won first of all.
And the Accies are more than capable of achieving that, as they have proven during their Ulster campaign in August and September. They also delivered in that aspect of the game at Clonmel on Saturday when they would have won had Scott Elliott’s last minute drop goal not drifted agonisingly wide. The outhalf had previously landed two penalties and converted Deane Kane’s try in Tipperary.
“We were very, very happy with our defence, it was very good in Clonmel,” Todd added. “We scored after three phases against them, but it took them, someone counted, 11 or 12 phases for them to score against us.
“We got two points away in Munster, and last season you would have taken that from any game down there because it’s a very, very tough place to go.
“But your home games, at a minimum, you have to win them.
“Keeping the ball is a big thing for us and if we can do that, go through our phases and patterns, there’s not many teams can live with us.
“We proved that during the Senior League games, so hopefully we’ll prepare better this week, get a good night’s rest on Friday night and be ready to go Saturday morning.”
*Kick-off is 2.30pm.
TOMORROW, Omagh Accies ladies team will tackle Ballynahinch in the second round of Deloitte Women’s Premiership fixtures when they will be hoping to follow up their opening day victory over Dungannon with another win, but hopefully in less dramatic circumstances. That match lasted three hours after two lengthy injury delays
This match also takes place at the Thomas Mellon Playing Fields at 1.00pm.