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Bangor are eyeing up a treble

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 23/02/2016

Town flyers: Pictured at the Kingspan Stadium for the
Powerade Towns’ Cup draw are Mattie Maguire of Enniskillen, Clogher Valley’s David Sharkey, Niall Rush representing Powerade, Bobby Stewart, President Ulster Branch IRFU, Jason Guthrie of Bangor and Omagh’s Stephen MacLaine
Town flyers: Pictured at the Kingspan Stadium for the Powerade Towns’ Cup draw are Mattie Maguire of Enniskillen, Clogher Valley’s David Sharkey, Niall Rush representing Powerade, Bobby Stewart, President Ulster Branch IRFU, Jason Guthrie of Bangor and Omagh’s Stephen MacLaine

The draw for the Powerade Towns Cup semi-finals was held at the Kingspan Stadium yesterday with the latest leg of Bangor's treble bid seeing them host Omagh in the last four.

Having already secured the Junior Cup back in December, the north Down outfit are second in the league with a game in hand - ironically against their semi-final opponents this evening - and scrum-half Jason Guthrie admits that landing all three trophies is the goal at Upritchard Park.

"The treble has been talked about but it'll be hard work," he said. "There are a lot of games coming up in a short space of time.

"It's a hard balance to get right but we've just got to dig in. It's good to get the home draw; any of the other sides would have meant a big away trip.

"To win the Junior Cup was a monkey off our back; there had been a bit of a trophy drought. The boys are very keen to get their hands on the Towns Cup too."

The other last-four tie has produced a Fermanagh derby as Enniskillen travel to the Cran to take on Clogher Valley.

Enniskillen's Matthew Maguire is relishing the tie.

"I was involved in the 2007 final when we played them and it's one we owe them for," he said.

"We know plenty about them and there's loads of history. We've a lot of respect for them but when you're from Enniskillen it's tough to see Clogher doing so well.

"It's one of my favourite games to play in. It's a massive derby.

"There's nerves and excitement in the fixture alone, but add a semi-final and it's a big occasion. We couldn't ask for much more."

Ties will be played on March 12.

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