Omagh started well and a few minutes into the game several high tackles led to the sin-binning of Dungannon’s number 8 putting a severally depleted Dungannon team under pressure but Omagh failed to convert the extra man and pressure into points, being guilty of “white line fever” at times, but as the game went on, Omagh’s number 6 received the ball in space following good hands from several Omagh players and outpaced the Dungannon winger to dot down in the corner.
A half-time score of 5-0 was lucky for Dungannon as Omagh were by far the stronger team but the second half was a different matter as the changes came on to freshen up the team. For the first 10 minutes Dungannon were camped in the Omagh 22 but this time it was the Dungannon forwards who were guilty of “white line fever” as the coaches and backs continually called to move the ball out wide. With the backs growing more and more frustrated at the lack of ball, Omagh’s winger eventually lifted the Siege, smartly intercepting a wayward pass before off loading to their big number 13 who ran from deep in his own half through several poor tackling Dungannon defenders to score under the posts. With the extras added Omagh took a commanding 12-0 lead.
Captain Brooklyn Fletcher was furious at the lack of tackling that allowed the Omagh player to run through the Dungannon defence and demanded more effort and better commitment and this seemed to do the trick as almost immediately from the restart Dungannon replied with series of pick and goes that ended with the hooker Senan Nugent powering his way to score in the corner. With points at a premium, Cormac Drayne stepped up to take the difficult tight angled conversion but missed leaving the score 12-5.
As the game restarted it looked as if Omagh themselves would respond promptly when their Scrum half went on a marvellous mazy run from his own 22 only to be denied by a wonder tap tackle by Dungannon’s Thomas McGuigan just metres from the try line. Thomas chased the Omagh Scrum half for 40m and set an example for all that there is no such thing as a lost cause but this Herculean effort was all in vain when shortly after a Dungannon player gave away a penalty. With Dungannon slow to get into a defensive line, Omagh’s number 8 reacted the quickest and raced over for Omagh’s third try and easy conversion extending their lead to a more comfortable 19-5.
With Omagh kicking to restart the game, Dungannon once again went through a series of strong carries that had Omagh going backwards at a serious rate of knots until once again hooker Senan Nugent powered his way over for his brace of the day which cut the deficit to 19-10 but once again those vital extra 2 points were missed.
With time running out It looked like Dungannon were on the fight back as at they gathered the restart and carried it hard back into the Omagh half but it wasn’t to be as another wayward pass let the big opposition number 13 run in his brace for the day as he once again carved his way through a series of poor tackles to end the game 24-1