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Portadown aiming to get better of Clogher Valley at last

By Ronnie Ingram

Published 13/02/2016

Clogher Valley, who have participated in the Powerade Towns’ Cup final on five occasions in the past six seasons, should advance to the semi-finals of this year’s competition with a victory over Portadown this afternoon
Clogher Valley, who have participated in the Powerade Towns’ Cup final on five occasions in the past six seasons, should advance to the semi-finals of this year’s competition with a victory over Portadown this afternoon

Clogher Valley, who have participated in the Powerade Towns' Cup final on five occasions in the past six seasons, should advance to the semi-finals of this year's competition with a victory over Portadown this afternoon.

They have already defeated their opponents in the Junior Cup at Chambers Park and in Q1 in October but Portadown are hoping it will be third time lucky.

Portadown coach Richard Hedley is looking forward to the tie.

"Last week we played very poorly when we lost 18-5 at Omagh, but the wet, heavy conditions had a bearing on our performance," he said.

"With a lighter squad we are better when the ground is firmer so with the weather looking good I feel we have a reasonable chance.

"Gareth McCoy returns at No.8, as does Matthew Wilson at prop, and Brian Forrestal, who broke a finger, is back at scrum-half."

Clogher Valley welcome back Philip Holme at out-half to partner Aaron Best but back row forward Alastair Trenier is injured. Second row Mark McKenna makes his first appearance while brother Eugene is in the back row along with No.8 Ryan Wilson and captain David Sharkey.

Bangor, the Junior Cup winners and joint Q1 leaders with Instonians, will start firm favourites when they make the short trip to Donaghadee to face a side that has only won five of their 10 fixtures in Q2.

And with such a large pool of players and their Firsts without a game, Ballynahinch II should be too strong at Q2's Enniskillen. In the other quarter, Omagh (Q1) are favourites to triumph at Ballymoney (Q2).

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