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Bangor, Inst aiming for Cup joy

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 15/12/2015

Main man: Bangor’s Jamie Clegg is leading by example
Main man: Bangor’s Jamie Clegg is leading by example

Two of Ulster rugby's in-form club sides, Bangor and Instonians, meet at the Kingspan Stadium tonight with the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup on the line (7.30pm kick-off).

The pair have led the way in the junior ranks this season - currently sitting first and second respectively in the Kukri Qualifying One table - and an enthralling final is expected between the one-time senior clubs.

They have already played out one thriller this season when the south Belfast outfit visited North Down in October and came from behind to beat their hosts 21-20.

That result is, however, Bangor's only loss of the campaign and the team are out to win the trophy for the first time in their eighth appearance in the final.

While the fixture schedule at this time of year is often hectic, both squads are relatively well rested having had their All-Ireland Junior Cup semi-finals postponed due to inclement weather at the weekend. They have been re-arranged for Saturday.

Bangor have David Bradford, who has teamed up well in the back-row with skipper Jamie Clegg and top try-scorer Curtis Stewart this season, in the frame after overcoming an injury.

Long-time scrum-half and now team manager Ricky Armstrong said: "We have been building over the last three or four seasons and this once young team is now experienced, hungry and driven.

"We have only been beaten once all season and that was to Instonians in the league so the boys are intent on putting this right against a top team."

Instonians, the holders of the trophy, have also lost only once this season. They have been without fly-half Fraser Wright in recent games but he is on the bench. Matt Dawson is back at openside, with Lewis McNamara among the replacements.

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