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Enniskillen in bid to end lengthy Towns Cup drought

 

By Jonathan Bradley

Enniskillen are out to end an 80-year barren run on junior finals day at Kingspan Stadium this afternoon.

The Fermanagh outfit will battle it out with Ballynahinch II for the Towns Cup (kick-off 2.30pm), hoping to bring the prestigious piece of silverware back to Mullaghmeen for the first time since 1937.

The side, who will be led by captain David Buchannan, have reached the final on three occasions since then, most recently last year when they lost out to a treble-winning Bangor side after an entertaining 31-25 contest at the home of Ulster Rugby.

Having already overcome the challenge of Armagh, Dungannon and Ards this season, all that stands in the side's way of history is a Ballynahinch squad looking to secure a treble of their own having already lifted the 2nd XV league and Junior Cup.

Serial trophy winners in recent seasons, victory today would represent a fifth success in Ulster's two most prominent junior competitions over the last seven years.

In a new move for this season, the McCrea Cup final will precede the traditional Easter Monday showpiece with a repeat of last year's showdown between Cooke and Malone II.

Having been played midweek in previous years, the 12.30pm kick-off today gives a real sense of occasion to the finale of the junior season with Cooke favourites to retain the trophy.

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