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Shield final postponed due to fixture pile-up

By Ian Callender

Downpatrick's postponed semi-final in the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup, against Civil Service North on Sunday, had thrown the O'Neill's Ulster Shield into chaos with the Strangford Road club also in the last four of that competition.

The NCU side were due to travel to Glendermott on Sunday for the Shield semi but that game has been put back, not one but two weeks because their North West opponents are hosting the Qualifying 2 cup final the following weekend.

Sunday August 3, the new date, however, was pencilled in for the date of Shield final so that will now be deferred, probably until August 17. The all-NCU Shield semi-final goes ahead on Sunday, Holywood hosting Carrickfergus.

Both semi-finals in the Ulster Plate, will be played on Sunday. Holders North Down II are at home to first time entrants Bonds Glen II on Sunday with Strabane II hosting Civil Service North II in the other.

The Comber side continue their defence of the Goldblatt McGuigan Junior Cup on Saturday with a visit to the Castle Grounds to face Academy. The other semi-final is at the Demesne between Saintfield and Lisburn II.

In the Intermediate Cup semi-finals, North Down III will be on the main pitch at The Green against Derriaghy II and on the top pitch at Eaton Park, Ballymena II will host Woodvale II.

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