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Bangor are banking on a bonus to end years of hurt

By Ronnie Ingram

Confident Bangor travel to Clonmel knowing that a bonus-point win will automatically earn them a return to the AIL after a 14-year absence, while a victory will result in a play-off at Sligo next Saturday.

Bangor had a much-needed rest last weekend after a strenuous and successful season that produced the Q1 title, the Towns' Cup and the Junior Cup.

They travel at close to full strength with the only absentee being Dessie Fusco, who is an expectant father.

Coach Jason Morgan said: "We do have a number of players vying for positions and with Davy Charles, Ross McCloskey and Neil Cuthberson back in action after injury, we hope to get the job done.

"It is a game we've got to win and a winning bonus point would be brilliant. We know it will be difficult playing away from home but we were there in the All Ireland Junior Cup last season when we inflicted their first home defeat for over a season."

Bangor currently head the table with seven points, while Enniscorthy have six, Clonmel five and Westport none.

The Leinster team, whose positive points difference is only two behind Bangor, will be expected to overwhelm and gain a bonus point at home to Westport and that's the reason why Bangor need one of their own.

The McCambley Cup final between Ballymoney IV and Malone V and the Butler Shield final involving Carrickfergus IV and Belfast Harlequins IV will also be contested this afternoon.

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