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Ballynahinch II focus on making it double Cup delight

By Jonathan Bradley

Ballynahinch II will be aiming to move one step closer to a cup double when they take on Donaghadee in the semi-finals of the Powerade Towns Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Hinch's second string won the Junior Cup with a 17-7 win over Ballyclare back in December and coach Chris Parker revealed that knock-out success was always the goal for his side this season.

He said: "At the start of the season when we sat down to talk about it, we said that we wanted to do well in both cup competitions and to win them both would be special.

"Having already gone to Ravenhill once this year, I think it's made us more determined to go on and win the Towns Cup as well."

After their fixture at the weekend was cancelled, Parker's side are relatively short of match practice and the scarcity of games is a concern for the coach.

"It would have been good for us to have a run-out on Saturday because with the weather our games have been fairly inconsistent. We've only had five really since Christmas," said Parker.

Despite their position of 7th in Kukri Qualifying 1, Donaghadee will provide stern opposition and player-coach Stuart Hennessy feels that his side will welcome their opposition being the favourites to make it to Ravenhill.

He commented: "We know that we go into the game as underdogs but I think that suits us more to be honest."

But Hennessy – a former Ballynahinch man – relishes the thought of a Towns Cup final.

"Donaghadee is a small club but one that is important to the local community so the prospect of a final is massive," he said.

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