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Clogher set for semi showdown

By Ronnie Ingram

Published 28/11/2015

Tough task: Ritchie Haire is expecting a hard game
Tough task: Ritchie Haire is expecting a hard game

The clash of Clogher Valley and Bangor is the stand-out fixture in the White, McCall, Wylie Junior Cup semi-finals today.

Both teams have suffered only one loss this season - Bangor narrowly at home to Instonians (21-22) and Clogher Valley also by the narrowest of margins at Dromore (7-8) in early September.

Over the past couple of seasons there have been some interesting results between these two.

In the three fixtures at Upritchard Park Bangor won them all but only by three points on each occasion whereas Clogher's two home successes have been by more convincing margins.

"We will be at full strength following our confidence-boosting 31-0 win in the All Ireland Junior Cup tie at Clonmel," said Clogher manager Ritchie Haire.

"We surprised the Munster champions as that was their first home defeat for two seasons and they cannot remember the last time they failed to score in a game.

"Bangor will be tough. We have managed to overcome them before at the Cran but I believe they are much stronger this year."

Bangor, who appear to be the team of the year so far, have already opened up a seven-point lead in Q1 although they have played an extra game.

In the process they have scored 310 points in those seven outings so Clogher will have a job on their hands to keep them out.

The other semi-final is a repeat of last season's final when Instonians defeated Omagh 13-0. Inst have already recorded a 40-8 win over their opponents and with home advantage will be expected to progress.

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