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Cup victory at Omagh would be perfect for Bannsiders

By Ronnie Ingram

Coleraine face an uphill task in their Millar,McCall, Wylie Junior Cup semi-final at Omagh but will have a stronger squad available as compared to last week when the tie was postponed.

Their strong running centre Bokkie Carstens was concussed a few weeks ago and is included while there is also a welcome return from injury for Alan Clarke.

The prolific try scoring winger has had a large part to play in Coleraine’s success this season and ran in a great score in the convincing quarter-final victory over Ballyclare.

The visitors realise that Omagh will be exceptionally strong up front but will hope to nullify that advantage by bolstering their replacements with some bulky and experienced players.

They are undefeated in Kukri Division 2 but their opponents play in the higher section and have only lost once — and that was early in the season at Ballyclare by 23-15.

The Tyrone team, with six successive victories behind them, will also be at full strength as the previously unavailable Adam Longwell and Alan Heaney are included.

They have been renowned for accomplishing their successes through their pack but this team is different and perfectly capable of playing attacking rugby.

Players like full-back Alastair Beckett and wingers Neil Brown and Brian Mitchell can pounce from deep and wide and have already scored on many occasions.

Home advantage could give Omagh the edge to go on and face Ballynahinch II in the final at Kingspan on Tuesday week.

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