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Bangor plotting revenge as they prepare for key visit to Omagh

 

By Michael Sadlier

Though losing at home to Omagh in the driving wind and rain had a season-defining look about it, Bangor are determined to make amends in the return game.

The defeat also had ramifications for Bangor's play-off hopes as they slipped to sixth in Division 2C and are now seven points back from the fourth-placed Tyrone side.

There is no escaping the notion that Bangor need to avoid two straight defeats from the back-to-back rounds though they know that Omagh will be favourites to prevail.

"We've been focusing a lot on Omagh and we want to get a good result," said Bangor director of rugby Danny Curran.

"The last time it came down to who wanted it more. They did but, hopefully, it's our turn now."

Gareth Millar returns to the side at out-half and Declan Maguire comes in at full-back.

Elsewhere in 2C, struggling City of Derry are at leaders Ballina after losing heavily to the Connacht side at home.

In 2B, Rainey Old Boys are aiming to make it seven wins on the spin from their Ulster derby clash at bottom side Dungannon.

Having won the previous meeting 29-0, John Andrews' squad will be confident of another positive outcome.

However, they will be without the injured Paul Pritchard and Tim Barker. Ninth-placed Belfast Harlequins host Sligo after losing there before Christmas and must get something from the game to begin moving up the table.

In 2A, Queen's University will be hoping to finally taste victory again as they host Dolphin who are a place below them in sixth.

2A: QUB v Dolphin; 2B: Belfast Harlequins v Sligo, Dungannon v Rainey OB; 2C: Ballina v Derry, Omagh v Bangor

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