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Malone aim to pile more misery on Quins

By Ronnie Ingram

Optimistic Malone V will start favourites to reach the second round of the McCambley Cup when they face the holders Belfast Harlequins IV tomorrow afternoon in what should an exciting encounter.

The Gibson Park side have only lost once and that was after they led Ballynahinch 19-3 and then, with two yellow cards shown, lost 29-19.

They will be depending a lot on their solid pack including hooker and captain Tristan McCorry, second row Keith Goddard and No 8 Dominic Jansen, who have all been in very good form.

Their backs are also very useful and it is hoped that winger Wayne McCormick, who has already scored two hat-tricks of tries, will be available.

Quins have not fared so well, losing their first four League games and now have won two from eight.

They have a more than useful out-half in Jonathan Watson and an attacking full-back in Ciaran Flaherty. The teams have already met in East 2 with Malone emerging comfortable winners 39-5 but Quins were far from full strength and will have a much bigger pack in action.

Malone will have home advantage this time and will be expected to proceed while last season's beaten finalists Strabane II who are undefeated this season can expect a tough battle with Ards IV.

The Black Knights, who have won the trophy four times and the only side to have clinched it three years in succession – 2005/6/7 – have only lost once this year to Malone V 39-17 and are packed with experienced players including former Ulster European Cup hero Andrew Matchett at scrum-half.

Full draw: Academy III v Inishowen, Antrim v Enniskillen III, Ballynahinch VI v Malone IV, Bangor III v Ballymoney V, Carrickfergus IV v BHSFP II, Civil Service II v Clogher Valley III, Cookstown v Londonderry YMCA II, Donegal Town II v Ballyshannon, Larne III v CIYMS IV, Limavady III v Rainey IV, Malone V v Belfast Harlequins IV, Ophir II v Omagh IV, Randalstown III v Finn Valley, Strabane II v Ards IV, Tir Chonaill v Portadown V, UUC III Ballynahinch VII.

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