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Hunter left to rue Omagh's mistakes

Wallace High School 44 Omagh Academy 14

Ideal playing conditions at Wallace led to a free flowing game in which the home team managed seven tries in their 44-14 Schools' Cup victory over Omagh Academy.

Omagh came prepared but it was Wallace who took the lead when the experienced Josh Cardosi touched down in the corner for Tom McKendry to add the points.

Wallace continued to spread the ball wide despite some heroic defensive work from their opponents. Stephen Courtney was next to score under the posts but the conversion attempt was charged down. Conor Rankin then ran in for the third.

McKendry kicked a penalty but Omagh pressure towards half-time was rewarded.

Visiting scrum-half Taine Lagan picked up and crossed for Kyle Beattie to convert and make the score 20-7 at the half-time interval.

The visitors attacked after the restart and a defensive mistake led to Fintan Lagan scoring for Beattie to goal once again.

Determined Omagh found themselves back in the contest but their opponents soon regained composure to run in four further tries.

Cardosi, Courtney, Andrew Reid and Jack Brown were the scorers for McKendry to goal two of them.

Omagh coach Ross Hunter commented: "Wallace were just too good and exploited our mistakes.

"I believe that we should have had more than just two tries but we just couldn't capitalise on our chances.

"On one occasion we were five metres from their line and conceded a penalty and another opportunity was lost when we had a two-on-one but the ball wasn't passed in time.

"I thought our captain and No.8 James Longwell and hooker Gary McCrossan were both excellent.

"Sometimes I wish we could have a home draw. The last time we had one was six years ago, so surely we are due one sometime soon. Even our next game, in the Subsidiary Shield, is away - at Enniskillen."

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