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Thumping of visitors Bective sees promoted Omagh move to top of table

By Michael Sadlier

Eye-catching result of the weekend? Well, that was at Omagh Academicals where the home side obliterated Bective to the tune of 52-17, a result which took the Tyrone side to the top of the Division 2C table.

Not bad for a side back in the AIL for the first time in two decades who have now won two and drawn one to claim a total of 12 points from a possible 15.

Phil Marshall's squad took maximum points and scored eight tries with Stewart McCain, James Catterson and Luke Hanson all claiming a brace of touchdowns.

Also in 2C, Bangor were at Midleton and made up for their first loss the week before at Seapoint by beating the Munster men 15-8 thanks to tries from Lewis Bret and replacement Marty Withers.

Up in 2A, Armagh's thumping 42-18 victory at home over Corinthians gave them their third win from as many games and ensured that they nudged Malone into second spot.

The squad skippered by ex-Ulster player Ali Birch scored six tries in their bonus point victory while Malone had things much tighter at Cashel though Paddy Armstrong's players prevailed 18-16 to also stretch their winning run to all three outings.

Michael Cartmill and Rory Campbell scored tries with the latter adding a conversion and two penalties - the second one in injury time to win the game - as Malone took the four points.

Elsewhere, Queen's University also shaded matters at Highfield, winning 16-14 which took them up to third with all three Ulster clubs now occupying the first three places in the table.

In 2B, Rainey Old Boys defeated Belfast Harlequins 23-7 at Deramore with the Magherafelt side moving up to fourth.

City of Derry lost at home to Skerries by 38-25 while Dungannon were swept aside 36-5 by Old Crescent.

Results:

2A: Cashel 16 Malone 18, Armagh 42 Corinthians 18, Galwegians 26 Blackrock 22, Highfield 14 QUB 16, Nenagh 28 Greystones 19

2B: Belfast Quins 7 Rainey 23, Derry 25 Skerries 38, Dungannon 5 O Crescent 36, Barnhall 21 Navan 15, Wanderers 42 Sun Well 26

2C: Bruff 20 Sligo 20, Malahide 31 Tullamore 22, Midleton 8 Bangor 15, Omagh 52 Bective 17, Thomond 28 Seapoint 25.

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