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Scott Nicholson up for final challenge

Scott Nicholson is fired up for Ballycran’s bid to win the Ulster Club hurling championship title — and no wonder.

The prolific marksman, who can play in the full-forward or half-forward line, helped himself to 1-6 when his team overcame Portaferry in the Down final last Sunday by 1-11 to 0-13.

Now the Ards peninsula side will meet Kevin Lynch’s Dungiven, Lavey or Loughgiel in the provincial decider on October 23.

Form would suggest that it’s newly-crowned Antrim champions Loughgiel who will be fronting up to the Down representatives but Nicholson has no qualms about the challenge ahead.

“The fact that we go straight through to the final means that we would be meeting a strong side anyway so we will be well prepared,” says Nicholson.

It was his injury-time goal that eventually underpinned Ballycran’s victory last Sunday, his four points from frees, another from a ‘65’ and one from play having sustained the team’s challenge until his crucial late, late strike.

“I took a chance and went for the goal and thankfully it came off for me,” says Nicholson who has been part of the Ballycran squad for four years.

Under the captaincy of Down ace Conor Woods and with several other county players such as Sean Ennis, James Coyle, and Michael Ennis in their ranks, Ballycran believe they can now make a bold pitch for the provincial accolade.

“Obviously whoever we meet in the final will be very tough opponents but it’s definitely where we want to be,” adds Nicholson.

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