With the ERGS boys awaiting the draw of the Medallion Trophy Quarter final and Omagh ready to play their Medallion Shield Round 3 game later this week against Dungannon, the two sides came together for what promised to be a good ‘friendly’ contest.
In the first half, Omagh went ahead in the first 5 minutes with a quick opportunistic try, 5-0. They then scored again with an impressive chip and chase putting the visitors 10 points ahead. The ERGS boys then came within reach of the posts for a penalty kick but it was always going to be a stretch for winger Owen with the cross wind. The first half ended 0 -10.
In the second half, the ERGS squad then began to dominate and it wasn’t long before quick hands through the line and well-timed off-loads by Harron and Irvine allowed Owen to cross the line in the bottom right corner, 5-10. The ERGS pack then began to pressurise the Omagh defence with No.8 Guobys repeatedly threatening the line only to be held out by a strong Omagh defence. Ingram, now playing at No.15, had an excellent game, keeping calm under pressure and on a number of occasions receiving the high ball with confidence and creating a number of threatening counter attacks. In the dying minutes his quick thinking and distribution to Irvine and then Owen nearly gave the ERGS boys the draw where it not of an impressive cross field cover tackle by the Omagh full back.
A fantastic game of rugby with a frustrating final result for the ERGS boys, 5-10. However, the standard of play and clear determination of the boys bodes well for the coming weeks of competition.