RUGBY SCHOOLS’ CUP: Dalriada overcome Omagh Academy after tight affair

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DALRIADA 26 OMAGH ACADEMY 14

After an entertaining affair at the Ballymoney venue, Dalriada overcame a stubborn Omagh Academy 26-14.

The opening quarter saw both packs test each other with the Dalriada eight getting on the front foot on a number of occasions. This enabled the backs to test the opposition with their direct lines of running and pace of their attacks. However, they struggled to turn the pressure into points until Aaron Christie touched down for an unconverted try and a 5-0 lead.

Omagh responded with a Kyle Beattie try, which he converted, to leave the Tyrone visitors with a 7-5 lead at the break.

Dalriada captain, Angus Johnston, scored a try immediately after the break which Stewart Moore converted to see the home team into a 12-7 lead.

It was only in the final quarter of the game that Dalriada sealed their win. Thomas Hunter and Fergal Wiseman each scored a try. Both were converted by Moore which saw the Dalriada team into a 26-7 lead.

Omagh never gave up and Glen McKinley, a late call up for the ill Neil Logan, took advantage of some great work from Matthew Clyde and James Longwell, to touch down for a try. Beattie added the extras to reduce the losing margin.

Dalriada will go to Foyle College in the third round while in the Schools’ Bowl Omagh face a trip to Limavady Grammar.