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Brian Allen to go all out to make history with Foxes

By Ian Callender

Published 29/07/2015

Sole survivor: Brian Allen played in first Shield final
Sole survivor: Brian Allen played in first Shield final

Ten years after they appeared in the first Ulster Shield final, Fox Lodge have the chance on Sunday to become the first North West team to lift the trophy when they meet Woodvale at Middle Road, Carrick (1pm).

Brian Allen top scored for the Foxes in the inaugural decider at Burndennett but it was Larne who triumphed to start an run of unbroken success in the competition for NCU clubs.

By coincidence, the first round tie in 2005 pitched Fox Lodge and Woodvale together and their 104 runs victory put the Foxes on course for the final. The teams haven't met since.

Allen is now captain of the Fox Lodge side and the only survivor from the 2005 final.

This is also Woodvale's second final and having lost to Muckamore in the 2013 decider there is certain to be a new name on the Shield.

If league form is a guide then Fox Lodge will start hot favourites, losing only one of their first 10 games - by five runs to unbeaten Drummond - while Woodvale have won only seven of their first 12, although that is still good enough for joint second in the table.

FOR the third successive round Brigade II have home advantage in the Ulster Plate and another win on Sunday, against Civil Service North II, who cruelly lost in a bowl-out at this stage last season, will give them a place in their first final.

Instonians II and Muckamore II were Brigade's early victims but it doesn't get any easier for the Beechgrove side. CSN, who have knocked out Coleraine II and Bonds Glen II, are the leaders of NCU Junior League One.

Waringstown II and Bready II meet in Sunday's other semi-final, both hoping to reach a second decider. The Villagers, who have already won at Strabane and Donemana, have home advantage this time against the Magheramason side who were the first winners of the competition back in 2008.

the Minor (Lindsay) Cup final on August 22 will be between Armagh II and Muckamore III.

Armagh beat Bangor III by 50 runs, but it was much more dramatic in the other semi-final where Muckamore III's last wicket pair of Mark McNeill and Alan McCombe put on 30 to pass Academy III 176.

Armagh will be chasing a cup double on the same day after their Thirds bowled out Cliftonville III for 75 for a 150 runs win and a place in the Minor Qualifying final against CSN V who beat CIYMS IV by eight wickets.

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