Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Schools' Cup: Ruthless Rainey grind down Omagh

Omagh Academy 7 Rainey Endowed 14: Rainey repeated their early season defeat of Omagh when they won yesterday's Northern Bank Schools' Cup second round tie.

It was a dour game played in conditions that did not lend themselves to open rugby but both teams attempted to adapt in a mainly forward encounter.

Rainey went in front with a penalty from scrum-half Martin Connolly after 11 minutes but the home team fought back to take the lead 14 minutes later.

Excellent off-loading by Johnny Sproule and captain Gary Sherrard down the blind side led to hooker Lee Warnock touching down for Ashley McIlwaine to convert.

Omagh could have been further in front but failed to snap up another try-scoring opportunity while penalties were also missed. Just before the interval Rainey reduced the arrears with a second Connolly penalty to make the score 7-6.

Just after the re-start another penalty chance was missed and then the Magherafelt side scored their try.

It came from good lineout ball, the forwards working their way up the touchline before winger Finton Quinn cut through to put the visitors in front

Towards the end Rainey put the game beyond doubt with a third Connolly penalty. They are now through to Saturday's third round draw.

Chris Campbell, the Rainey coach, said: “Omagh were strong up front and we did what we could to control them.

“We had the edge in the backs but the soft conditions and longish grass gave us few opportunities to show our dominance.

“It was not the prettiest of ties but I certainly feel we deserved to qualify for the next round.”

Omagh coach Ross Hunter said: “We failed to play up to expectations and our defence allowed Rainey to score their try.

“Our line-outs were poor and it was a game we could have won. It was a rather stop-start affair but credit must be given to Rainey as they made fewer errors.”

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