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Seasiders fired up for final chapter

By Ronnie Ingram

Rainey in 2006 and City of Derry four seasons later have been the only Ulster teams to win the All -Ireland Junior Cup but Bangor will attempt to emulate them tomorrow afternoon when they face Dundalk in the final at Portadown (2.30pm).

The Province had three teams in the semi-finals but CIYMS and Clogher Valley were eliminated to leave Bangor, who joined the junior ranks in 2002 after many successful years as a senior club, as our only representative.

They have been concentrating on this trophy as their Qualifying League 1 record shows only eight wins from 12 games while in the Towns' Cup last week they rested five players in their pack including the whole front row and lost to Armagh II 30-24.

"We can always perform on the big occasion as we did against Clonmel, the holders Enniscorthy and Clogher," stated coach Jason Morgan. "With attention to detail and the right system in operation I feel we should win which will be one step in taking this club to a higher level."

Kiwi Morgan, who has been injured, played a big part in the late win at Clonmel and his coaching skills over the years have helped Bangor move up to Division 1 and finish third last season which qualified them for this Cup.

"We have a very enthusiastic squad with 27 players fighting for the 22 places," he added.

"We are fortunate to have strength in depth and our bench has plenty of experience including former Ulster Academy's Mark Thompson. Out-half Keith Rosson plays an expansive game while former Bangor Academy's Mark Widdowson has great potential."

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