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Malone up for Cup but Ports a tough nut to crack in decider

 

By Ronnie Ingram

Another great afternoon of Cup finals at Kingspan beckons, starting with the McCambley decider (12.30pm), followed by the Gordon West (2.30pm) and concluding with the Forster Cup (4.30pm) in which Malone IV will be attempting to retain the trophy.

The Gibson Park team entered the competition for the first time last season and defeated Enniskillen II 22-12 in the final but they expect a much harder tussle this time against Portadown III.

"They are a strong all round team with a brilliant record in the Cup and playing in a league higher must start favourites," stated former captain Tristan McCorry.

"We have improved after a couple of losses early on and finished second in our league. A lot of the credit must go to our captain and prop Cathal McSorley who has taken over the responsibility for training."

Malone's strength is in their backs with Karl Yellop capable of creating lots of opportunities. He will be joined in the centre by Aaron Culbert - the usual winger - who has a number of tries to his credit.

James Conway and Edmund York will be on the wings while James Scott and Andrew McCarter make strong half-back pairing.

Malone had 15 wins in 18 league outings while their opponents were fourth in their league with eight victories in 16 games, so a close contest is envisaged.

And as some of the experienced Malone forwards will be retiring after the game, they hope to go out on a high.

McCambley Cup: Ballymena IV v Ballymoney IV

Gordon West Cup: PSNI v Cavan

Forster Cup: Malone IV v Portadown III

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