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FOLLOWING their superb victory in Sligo, Rainey OB coach Chris Campbell paid tribute to his side as they secured a last minute victory at Hamilton Park.

Rainey now have a one month break from All Ireland action and Campbell was delighted to sign off with a hard fought victory in Sligo.

“I would rank it among one of our best victories this season. We were ten minutes away from a disappointing defeat but we showed great grit and determination to claim a crucial victory.”

“We went to Sligo not really knowing what to expect. They are a bit of an unknown quantity and it is a tough place to play.”

The Hatrick Park side currently sit in second place in Division 2B, five points behind league leaders Cashel.

“We are around the half way stage this season and we are delighted with how we have performed this season. I have been very pleased with how we have competed this season. Credit must got to the players, who have shown great determination throughout the early stages of the campaign.”

The Magherafelt outfit saw their unbeaten run come to an abrupt halt as they were easily defeated by Mid Ulster rivals Banbridge, two weeks ago.

“It was a disappointing defeat to be honest. Banbridge had a greater hunger and desire on the day. We were out muscled and out fought and it was a poor performance. They had to win that game to stay in with any hope of gaining promotion themselves. That win propelled them right back into contention.”

Two teams will be promoted this season, with the side who finish in third place, facing the side who finish third from bottom in 2A.

Campbell insisted at the start of the season that finishing higher than last seasons finish was their main priority. However, with half of the season gone, Rainey are in contention at the top of the table.

“We have seven games left in the league and crucially four of those are at home. It is crucial in this league that you win your home games. Hopefully if we win our home games then we will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”

Rainey face three tricky away trips in the New Year starting with a visit to Cork to face Highfield and a final game of the season in Tipperary against Cashel.

“We face a long trip down to the Cork and a visit to Drogheda to face Boyne. The final game of the season could be a crucial game. It could very well come down to the wire and hopefully we will be in the mix come the end of the season.”

Rainey return to Ulster Senior League action this Saturday when they face Dungannon at Hatrick Park at 2.30pm