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Ballymena out to halt Dungannon's Jack Kyle Cup festive hat-trick bid

By Ronnie Ingram

Ballymena will be hoping to make amends for their last two Jack Kyle Cup defeats at the hands of Dungannon when the teams meet in the annual Boxing Day encounter at Eaton Park (2.30pm).

Coach Andy Graham is trying out a number of new permutations and is hoping for a tough and competitive run out.

"We have been out of action for the past couple of weeks and have three Premiership League fixtures to fulfil before the return of the AIL," he said.

"A number of guys will be brought in and combined with the experience of Brian Young, Conor Smith and Mark Foster," he added.

The formidable back line includes John Creighton and Ritchie McMaster at half-backs, Paddy James and Callum Patterson in the centre while Jordan Foster and Johnny Rosborough are on the wings.

The versatile James Beattie will be at full-back.

The replacements include the prolific try scoring Rodger McBurney, Matthew Norris and Glen Bailey.

"This is a game we have been looking forward to with relish and a win would set us up for the second half of the season," Graham concluded.

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