OMAGH Accies head coach Phil Marshall was buoyed not just by his side’s performance during their 33-19 bonus point away win over Midleton on Saturday past, but particularly by the hunger and desire his players showed throughout the week leading up to the clash.
“They had a really good attitude, really good application and really good execution. They were just really up for it from the start,” he beamed.
“They wanted it, they were very hungry. I think they were just fed up not performing to the standards they know they can perform to.
“It was all about heart, desire and application because we always knew we had the skill set, it was just a matter of bringing it on the pitch!
“Everything worked, we were able to give boys a rest in the second half and we could use the bench well, which was excellent.
“It was just nice to look out and watch your team playing the way you know they can. You can’t ask for much more than that and the performance warranted the win and the bonus point.
“I think they were fed up coming off the pitch and feeling dejected, so things turned around at training and I knew from the warm-up that they were on the money.”
The Accies went into the Midleton encounter second from bottom after disappointing back back-to-back defeats at the hands of City of Derry and Enniscorthy.
Having drawn at newly promoted Clonmel and won at home against Tullamore in their first two games of the season, Marshall expected more from his players.
However, following that less than inspiring run of form, they bounced back in style at the weekend as a brace of tries from Luke Hanson and touchdowns from James Catterson, Neil Brown and the returning Adam Pollock alongside four Scott Elliott conversions ensured they moved up to fourth in the table after Saturday’s win.
Today, they entertain third placed Bruff at the Thomas Mellon Playing Fields. Despite being a place above Omagh, the Limerick men haven’t exactly set the world on fire this term.
They squeezed past Derry before defeating Enniscorthy and Bangor. However, they have also lost to both Midleton and most recently at home to Skerries on Saturday, so Marshall and his men know if they get things right on and off the pitch again this week, they should pick up another victory.
• Kick-off today, 2.30pm.