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Faloon opts for youth as Armagh begin their quest for Cup delight


By Ronnie Ingram

Holders Ballynahinch II have been given a first-round bye in the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup, with defeated finalists Armagh II hoping to go one better this season.

They start with a visit to Lisburn, and coach Willie Faloon said: "Included are a number of our Under-18 team from two years ago, and they will be the foundation of what we hope will be a successful outfit.

"Young Ryan Morton will be in the back row, and the improving and confident half-back pairing of Nathan Rodgers and Cormac Fox will have an impact."

Portadown are improving with every game and will be strengthened for the visit of Ballymena II.

Coach Richard Hedley said: "Against Hinch II we played well for 60 minutes but we were not fully fit.

"Cooke was a different matter as we disappointed and squandered too many scoring opportunities. This week we have four experienced players back and they will make a difference.

"Up front, Willie Graham is in the second row and Jordan Taylor will be at wing-forward.

"The backs should be much more fluent with Brian Forrestal at scrum-half and Tom Caesar in the centre. We expect a difficult tie as Ballymena have had a couple of decent performances and recruited well."

One disappointment is the fact that CIYMS, who reached four finals and won the trophy once in the 1950s, have decided not to enter, along with Academy, Lurgan and UUC.

The other ties are Dromore v Enniskillen, Limavady v Banbridge II and Omagh II v Ballymoney.

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