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Portadown and Clogher Valley chasing Cup glory

Ronnie Ingram

Ulster's two remaining representatives in the quarter-finals of the Irish Junior Cup, Clogher Valley and Portadown, both have home advantage tomorrow – against Kilfeacle and Dundalk – and start favourites to progress.

City of Derry were the last Ulster team to win the trophy four seasons ago.

Qualifying League 1 leaders Clogher will be at full strength with captain and open side Stephen Baxter, who was rested last week, returning to the pack against a side with only one win in six league outings and second bottom in the Munster Junior League.

Phil Holme, who was badly missed in the Ulster Junior Cup defeat at Ballyclare two weeks ago, showed his skills and influence on his return against Dromore last Saturday.

Portadown, who were also eliminated from the Ulster Junior Cup, are second in the league one point behind Clogher.

Coach Richard Hedley has five players back after the disappointing 27-18 cup defeat at Ballynahinch II for the clash with Dundalk.

"Olly Montels makes his comeback in the centre after being out with ligament problems for the last two seasons and Alan Whitten's return at out-half will boost confidence," commented Hedley.

"Peter Lambe will hook, Willie Drain will strengthen the second row and Nicky Jackson is on the wing but unfortunately our other centre and captain Jonny Holden is still very doubtful."

The Leinster team had a narrow 12-10 win over Donaghadee in the first round and have been having a successful season, second in their league behind Wanderers.

"If we play to our capabilities I would like to think we can advance," added Hedley.

Ulster Bank AIL Junior Cup (2.30pm): Portadown v Dundalk, Clogher Valley v Kilfeacle, Enniscorthy v Coolmine, Skibereen v Tralee

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