Ballynahinch II and Ballyclare set up final showdown
The final of the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup at Ravenhill on Tuesday, December 17 will be between two teams that are presently undefeated – Ballynahinch II and Ballyclare.
In the quarter-finals, all the home teams qualified, but on Saturday it was the turn of the away teams to win with Hinch narrowly eliminating a well-drilled and physical Ballymoney 19-13 and Ballyclare proving too strong for Coleraine 22-3.
Hinch, who were defeated by one point in last season's final by Clogher Valley, were rather fortunate to come away with a win after they had to defend stoutly against the determined Ballymoney. It was only in the final 10 minutes that the visitors really gained the upper hand and they needed to, trailing 13-12.
Davy Nicholson's converted try put them ahead but when he was binned, James Campbell retorted with a penalty and the conversion to a Jonny Hanna try to give Ballymoney a 10-7 half-time lead.
Out-half Campbell added a penalty before Hinch replacement Zack McCall broke blind and sent Michael Carson in for the second to narrow the gap to 13-12.
The Ballymoney defence held until Hinch clinched victory when McCall again showed his skills. He made another break on halfway, accelerated and chipped the full-back to win the touchdown.
In the other semi, Ballyclare outplayed a young and injury hit Coleraine in the first period for a 15-0 half-time advantage. Chris Coburn crossed in the corner and more good running by the No 8 resulted in Paul Morrow scoring for Colin Morrow to goal.
He added a penalty before Coleraine got one from Bokkie Carstens. Ballyclare finished with a solo score from Adam Wardrop.