Belfast Telegraph

Derry go looking for repeat performance

City of Derry will be hoping to repeat their 2000 Senior Cup success when they met Dungannon at Ravenhill in tonight's final.

There is a double incentive for the winners for not only will their name be inscribed on the famous trophy, but they will also represent Ulster in the semi-final of the All-Ireland Cup along with the other three provincial winners.

Derry beat the Stevenson Park club in the 2000 decider to lift the cup for the first and so far only time in their history. Their only other appearance came in 1983 when they lost to Collegians.

Derry are enjoy a great season back in senior rugby. They are second in the league after Saturday's narrow win over Queen's, they are up with the pace in Division Three of the All-Ireland League and had an impressive semi-final win over Ballynahinch to book their place in the decider.

Derry lifted the All-Ireland Junior Cup last season and with their mixture of pace and power they could surprise Justin Fitzpatrick's Division 1A side.

Bevan Lynch's side won the league meeting between the clubs 27-21 earlier in the season. The coach will have a big call to make at out half between Richard Peoples and Ritchie McMaster as to who partners Andrew Semple.

Derry have dangerous strike runners like Simon Logue and David Funston in the back division.

Dungannon's last victory came in 2007 when Paul Magee lifted the trophy after a win over Belfast Harlequins.

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