Belfast Telegraph

Clubs across the land get set for their own season successes

By Keith Bailie

While Linfield Swifts already have the Steel & Sons Cup in the bag, the equivalent trophies in Mid-Ulster and the north-west will be decided today.

This year’s Bob Radcliffe Cup final pits together two teams who were relegated from the NI Football League last season.

Coagh United of the Ballymena & Provincial League will take on Mid-Ulster League side Dollingstown at Loughgall’s Lakeview Park, where kick-off is set for 11am.

Coagh haven’t won the competition since 2006, when Stuart Dallas — now of Northern Ireland and Leeds United — helped them to a win over Banbridge Town.

Dollingstown have never got their hands on the silverware, although they did go close in 2013, losing to Armagh City in the final.

In the north-west, the Craig Memorial Cup final will be played at Tobermore United’s Fortwilliam Park (11.30am).

Paul Owens’ Limavady United will be aiming to make it three-in-a-row by beating Northern Ireland Intermediate League side Ardstraw.

The two sides clashed in the 2014 decider, with the Roesiders kicking off their recent stranglehold on the trophy with a 1-0 victory. Ardstraw, meanwhile, have never won the competition before.

Elsewhere, Annalong Swifts play Newcastle Swifts in the Bobby Dalzell Cup final at Meadowvale in Drumaness.

Completing the quartet of Boxing Day showpieces, the Bessbrook Cup final will be contested at the Newry Showgrounds, where Killeavy United take on Newry Celtic in a showdown pencilled in for 2pm.

The festive fun doesn’t end there, however, because the Amateur League’s showpiece event will be held at Seaview tomorrow (2.30pm), with Downpatrick playing Rathfriland Rangers. The clubs are currently first and second in the Premier Division of the Amateur League.

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