BANN THIRDS 17 OMAGH SECONDS 36
This Junior League game started well for the home side as they dominated the breakdown and set up shop in the Omagh “22”. However the visitors managed to effect a turnover and run the length of the pitch for a converted try.
Undeterred, Bann resumed on the offensive with Paul McNally and Jonny Mullan in the vanguard and they got their reward via a Ben Carson penalty. This was negated soon afterwards by a similar effort at the other end.
Despite good work at the set pieces Bann failed to capitalise as Omagh consistently turned over ball in the loose, and they countered to stunning effect, running in two further tries before the break for a 3-22 lead.
The home side put together some good phases of play at the start of the second half, with flanker Josh Edwards working hard and winger Calum Boland running strongly. Carson crossed for a good try which he converted, but the Bann ranks were disrupted by injuries to Tom Thornton and skipper Ross Semple which forced both to retire from the action.
McNally moved to the wing and Ryan Ringland took over from Thornton at prop, where he showed up well. Alan Thompson then had to fill the unfamiliar scrum half position vacated by the injured Kris Coleman. Omagh were able to take advantage of the disruption and run in another converted try.
Sparked by some great running by full-back Eliott Fisher, Bann put together several phases which ended with Boland going in for a try to which Carson added the extras.
However despite putting together a number of promising moves, featuring hard work from young Alex Megaw and replacement prop Ringland, Bann too often took the wrong options and another turnover saw Omagh scorch away for the clinching converted try.
Despite the big score against, Bann could actually have won this game if they had protected the ball better when in possession and avoided injury-enforced personnel changes.
This Wednesday, 16th Sept, the Thirds take on Ballynahinch Fourths at home with a 7.30pm ko.