Omagh Academy booked their place in the third round of the Schools’ Cup with a hard fought victory at home to Rainey Endowed yesterday.
The Co Tyrone boys shook off the cobwebs from the 11am kick off to put in a terrific first half display which provided the basis for their 13-3 success.
Precise kicking from Scott Elliott and a solitary try from David Thompson saw off Rainey who managed a fightback after the break but the damage had been done, thanks in no small part to that touch down from Thompson.
Omagh’s reward for their hard-working performance is another home tie, against Banbridge and they will fancy their chances of making further progress.
Coach Ross Hunter had admitted before the match that he was worried that the early start may prove to be a leveller.
He needn’t have worried too much though as his boys settled into the game quickly and after incessant pressure Rainey wilted when they gave away a penalty in a dangerous position. Elliott duly stepped up to open the scoring.
Credit to Rainey, they upped the tempo after that setback and were back on level terms when Omagh conceded a penalty and Thomas McGlaughlin fired between the posts.
However another penalty from Elliott gave Omagh the impetus and after a period of pressure which saw Rainey camped in their own 22, tighthead prop Thompson drove over the line to apply the killer try which Elliott converted.
Rainey rallied after the restart and completely dominated the second half but didn’t manage to break through a strong Omagh defence.