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Inst set for fierce battle as they set sights on Cup joy

Published 06/02/2016

Instonians' Frazer Wright
Instonians' Frazer Wright

It's been six long years since City of Derry pipped Armagh to win the All-Ireland Junior Cup so Instonians are determined to bring that barren period for Ulster teams to an end when they face Enniscorthy at Ashbourne this afternoon.

Inst coach Wilbert Leacock, who steered Methody into the Medallion Shield quarter-finals in midweek, has recently seen their opponents in action and was impressed.

'They are a well balanced side with a big pack who like to move the ball around," he said.

"Nevertheless we travel with confidence having only lost two games this season. Although I feel we have done remarkably well to reach this stage there is still a lot of work to be done."

Inst will be taking their strongest available squad as Frazer Wright passed a fitness test after having pulled a hamstring. Since they were relegated from the AIL a couple of seasons ago Inst are now on the way back and hoping to win Qualifying 1 and enter the AIL Round-Robin.

Leacock said: "We have a young side so the future looks good. This is the first time Instonians have played in the All-Ireland Junior Cup but we realise it will be exceptionally difficult against the holders and 2014 finalists who have also only lost twice this season."

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