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Omagh, Bangor and City of Derry on the rise after tasting victory


By Michael Sadlier

Division 2C was attention-grabbing with Omagh, City of Derry and Bangor all winning and breaking up the horrible look of the trio having occupied the table's last three places.

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For Omagh, their five-try 33-19 win at Midleton meant they shot up to fourth having previously occupied ninth place, though there are only three points now separating them from last Saturday's opponents who now sit bottom.

Still, it was a great win for the Accies - only their second victory in five games - with Luke Hanson crossing the Munster side's line twice and Scott Elliott kicking four conversions.

Indeed, Omagh were pretty much out of sight at half-time as they led 28-5 after James Catterson and Neil Brown had also dotted down with the bonus point secured.

Adam Pollock's try was Omagh's only score of the second half.

City of Derry swapped eighth for fifth following their weather-hit 12-5 victory at home to Clonmel.

Callum O'Hagan and Rico Schneider scored Derry's tries.

Bangor also climbed out of the basement as a result of beating Tullamore 10-7 at rain and wind-blasted Upritchard Park, the four points allowing them to rise just the one place to ninth.

The sides had been locked together at 7-7 - Bangor had been awarded a penalty try - before Nathan Graham's penalty earned them the four points.

In 2A, Rainey Old Boys stayed in second after winning 18-15 in a hard-fought encounter at Cashel.

After trailing 10-0, Conor Fitzsimons and Jason Bloomfield scored tries while Andy Magrath kicked a conversion and two penalties to earn Rainey's fourth straight win from five.

Queen's University succumbed to their second consecutive defeat, going down 37-19 at Old Crescent and dropping a place to fourth, while Ballymena battled back to draw 26-26 at Dolphin.

In 2B, Dungannon secured their first win with a bonus-point 29-13 home result over Ballina with Matty Montgomery getting a hat-trick of tries as they rose one spot to eighth.

There was no such joy at a sodden Deramore where Belfast Harlequins lost 35-7 and dropped two places to ninth.

Quins' only points were from out-half Coby Miln, who converted his second-half try.

2A: Old Crescent 37 Queen's University 19, Dolphin 26 Ballymena 26, Cashel 15 Rainey 18.

2B: Belfast Harlequins 7 Blackrock 35, Dungannon 29 Ballina 13.

2C: Bangor 10 Tullamore 7, City of Derry 12 Clonmel 5, Midleton 19 Omagh 33.

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