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Sat 10 Oct 2020
Omagh Accies RFC
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Dungannon come out on top after a disjointed derby!

Dungannon come out on top after a disjointed derby!

Dean Porter13 Oct 2020 - 08:34
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DUNGANNON continued their bright start to the season on Saturday with a 13-10 victory at Omagh Accies.

With the visitors having thumped Ballymena 40-19 at Eaton Park in their first game of the campaign before having their next game, at home against City of Derry, cancelled, and with Omagh having to miss the last week of pre-season and their opening fixture also against Derry due to a positive Covid-19 test, both sides looked a little ring-rusty.

Omagh hoped to give new coach Glenn Kyle his first win on his home debut after suffering a 17-12 reverse at Bangor last time out, but it was the visitors who came out on top.

“It was one of those games, it was just awful!,” observed Dungannon coach, Andrew Hughes. “I’d say both teams were trying to play a bit of rugby, but it was just scrappy. Both teams tried to play a bit but kept making mistakes and it just turned into a mess.

“That led to rucks and more rucks, it was just one of those games. It was just one of those horrible, horrible days and in the grand scheme of things, you would probably have learned more if you had lost.

“Both sides had a few injuries so that disrupted things as well, but it was just one of those old-fashioned derby game that some of the older spectators would have particularly enjoyed. There were loads of scrums and messing around at the breakdown, it was just a massive, massive drop down.

“But that’s two wins for us, plenty to work on and no serious injuries, so we’ll take it.”

Dungannon held the upper hand at scrum time from the off and it was the greater grunt from their front eight that opened the door for Gormley to claim the first unconverted score of the day midway through the opening half.

The visitors looked the more dangerous side, but they were unable to convert possession and territory into points, while Omagh remained a threat when they were in Dungannon’s 22 and they should have led when Scott Barr went over at the corner but he knocked the ball on.

The Accies started the second half brightly with Mark Smyth barging his way over to level matters at 5-5 but the visitors struck back almost immediately with McCrabbe dotting down. Lawton hit the post with the conversion attempt.

But back came Omagh again with Jamie Sproule making it 10-10 before both kickers - Lawton and the Accies’ Kyle Beattie - spurned good opportunities for their sides.

Lawton missed a penalty but five minutes later he knocked one through the middle of the posts to five his side a three point lead and with just five minutes to go, the Accies, who had been reduced to 14 men following Neil Brown’s yellow card for a deliberate knock-on, turned down the chance to kick for the points to seal a draw. Instead, they decided to go all out for victory and went for the corner. However, on a day when their lineout malfunctioned, it was Dungannon who escaped with a penalty and ultimately the victory.

“It’s very disappointing because our scrum went well but our lineout was dysfunctional which meant we couldn’t get any good positions,” observed Accies coach Kyle.

“We had 70 per cent or 80 per cent possession but we couldn’t put it away so we have plenty to work on.

“Our defence was good and we had so much phase but then we’d knock the ball on or we’d give away a penalty and it was just mistake after mistake.

“It was a very disappointing day at home to have that many mistakes so I’ll have to have a wee chat with the boys on Tuesday night and take it from there.”



N Kilfedder, A Pollock, M Smyth, Ja Sproule, R Sproule, J Longwell, A Longwell (cpt), M Clyde, S McCain, K Beattie, R Mitchell, L Hanson, D Kane, S Barr, S Maclaine. Replacements: R Hemphill, E McKeown, M Edgar, T Lagan, N Brown.


R Stewart, D Mikolajczyk, S O’Hagan, S Todd, A Gormley, D Leyburn, A Milligan, P Doran, A Evans, A McGregor (cpt), P Cashel, M Faloon,m M Lawton, M Brown, C McGeough. Replacements: M Stockdale, J Gamble, L McCrabbe, J Reacey, C Elliott, C Steenson, C Mulgrew.


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