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Ulster pair to face each other in North semi-final

By Staff Reporter

Ulster is guaranteed a finalist in the final of the Cathedral Eye-backed North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush this afternoon.

Whitehead's John Ross Galbraith and Lurgan's David Sutton square up in this morning's semi-final with Gary Collins from Rosslare and Dundalk's Caolan Rafferty battling it out for the other place in the final.

Galbraith is no stranger to the later stages of the competition and would love to add this title to his Ulster Boys and Irish Close successes.

Galbraith came through his toughest match of the week so far in overcoming Knock's Colin Fairweather in their morning encounter on the Dunluce links, winning by one hole.

But it was easier going in the afternoon as he saw off Galway's Ronan Mullarney three and one to book his place in the last four.

Sutton was an impressive winner over the leading qualifier Geoff Lenehan but only by a one up margin in their third round meeting.

And it was tight again against Rowan Lester as he came through by the same one hole margin.

On the other side of the draw Warrenpoint's Stephen Coulter's challenge was ended by Robin Dawson from Faithlegg, although he took his opponent to the first extra hole before losing out.

Clubmate Colm Campbell was beaten two and one by Rosslare's Gary Collins while Kilkeel's William Hanna was beaten by Ballymena's Dermot McElroy three and two. McElroy, though, was then beaten by Rafferty by one hole.

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