Marshall rues wrong decisions after draw with Bangor.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Marshall rues wrong decisions after draw with Bangor. thumbnail The Omagh Accies pack prepare to scrum during their AIL division 2C game against Bangor.

OMAGH ACCIES and Bangor played out an entertaining Ulster derby draw in the latest round of AIL 2C fixtures at a very wet Thomas Mellon Playing Fields on Saturday in a match devoid of tries but with plenty of honest endeavour and commitment from both sides.


"It was a game in which we were the better side, coped with their much bigger pack very well and should have gone on to win", said Accies boss Phil Marshall after the draw.

"We took a couple of wrong technical decisions which ultimately cost us two points today.

"On the other hand, we have added another two points to our total and are nine points clear of the bottom of the table. I have said all along that this season is all about learning and ultimately survival.

"Bangor survived last year, built again and are looking strong, but we more than matched them today and I have to be happy about that. We manned up against a much heavier and experienced pack, took them on in the tight, were tenacious at the breakdown and put together the best phases of rugby."

"We have now played seven matches with a very tough away game against Thomond in two weeks time before we go back to back against Malahide in December and will be in a better place to judge how we have done so far, but you have to take the positives and it's another two points to our total."

An ankle injury to influential second row Jamie Sproule put a dampener on Saturday's result with the early prognosis indicating he could be out for three months, and all at Omagh wish him well and hope to see him back in Accies colours soon.

Omagh remain in fifth place in the league standings, while Bangor move above Bruff to go up to third.

Marshall's squad have a week off to rest a few aches and pains after another tough tranche of AIL fixtures before they travel to Thomond to take on the second placed Munster outfit on November 25.


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