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Omagh back in the big time again

By Ronnie Ingram

Omagh returned to the AIL after an absence of nearly 20 years to become Ulster's 12th team in the competition after an easier than expected 29-9 play-off victory at Boyne.

Early Omagh pressure and inter-passing between seven players led to winger Neil Brown scoring for Lee Murphy to add the points.

Boyne came back with two Neely Kerby penalties but in the second period a fitter and keener Omagh dominated after Kevin McCleery had kicked a third home penalty to put them 9-7 in front.

Omagh replied with a Murphy penalty before full-back Scott Elliott cut straight through to score.

Then a chip through by scrum-half Stuart McLean allowed winger Ryan Mitchell to go in for the third. Elliott goaled both.

Towards the close Elliott crossed for his second try.

Ulster Juniors coach Richard Boyd was overjoyed with his team's 20-3 Inter-Pro win over Munster at Randalstown.

It took half an hour before they went in front when the Grosvenor half back partnership combined for a try. Alan McCluggage kicked through and Michael McComb gathered to touch down for the former to convert.

John Lillis reduced the arrears with a penalty but two from McCluggage put Ulster 13-3 ahead. Towards the close Josh Christie ran in from outside the '22' for McCluggage to goal.

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