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Newcomers Omagh look to keep the good times rolling

 

By Michael Sadler

Omagh marked their return to the All-Ireland League in fitting style last weekend with a late penalty from Scott Elliott bringing them the four valuable points from the long trip to Bruff.

Not a bad outcome after their 20 years away, but now coach Phil Marshall has to gather his squad for the next challenge when Midleton - the club the Accies defeated two decades ago to enter the AIL for the first time - visit the Thomas Melon Playing Fields.

However, Marshall has lost the services of full-back Lee Murphy due to concussion, though the Tyrone side are still confident they can get a result at home.

Also in Division 2C, Bangor are at Seapoint and player/coach Lewis Stevenson's squad travel in buoyant mood after beating Tullamore at Upritchard Park.

There will be some enforced changes to their side with flanker Jamie Clegg having an Achilles issue while Davy Clarke comes onto the wing for the injured Chris Jordan and Michael Weir will be in midfield with the impressive Ross McCloskey, brother of Ulster player Stuart.

In 2A, Malone will be eager to follow up last weekend's opening bonus point win at Nenagh by making it two victories from two when they host Highfield - who also had a maximum point victory - at Gibson Park.

Armagh are also going for more success after defeating Greystones at the Palace Grounds as they travel to Galwegians, while Queen's University - under the direction of Neil Doak - are at the Dub and will be aiming to get the better of Nenagh to also take their winning run to both games played.

Belfast Harlequins and City of Derry play out an Ulster derby in 2B with the Deramore side travelling to Judges Road in reasonable heart despite their opening day defeat to Navan last weekend. New coach Nicky Wells will be looking for improvement.

City of Derry, though, were tanked 71-3 at Wanderers and need to bounce back immediately.

2A: Blackrock v Cashel, Galwegians v Armagh, Greystones v Corinthians, Malone v Highfield, QUB v Nenagh

2B: City of Derry v Belfast Harlequins, Navan v Rainey, Old Crescent v Barnhall, Sunday's Well v Dungannon

2C: Omagh v Midleton, Seapoint v Bangor, Sligo v Malahide, Tullamore v Thomond, Bective v Bruff

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