Belfast Telegraph

Bannsiders out to give club a lift in decider

By Keith Bailie

Moyola Park and Coleraine Reserves will try again today, as they face off at Fortwilliam Park (1pm) in the Craig Memorial Cup final.

The game was due to be played on Boxing Day, but the final was postponed because of a waterlogged pich.

While Moyola Park are aiming for their seventh Craig Memorial Cup win, Coleraine Reserves will hoping to lift the spirits at the Showgrounds, following the first team's 3-2 Boxing Day defeat to rivals Ballymena United.

Reserve team boss Johnny Law believes some of his squad could make the step up to the senior team.

"A lot of the players are only 16 and could still play for our youth team, so I think many of them need to spend a couple of seasons developing at reserve level.

"However, we do have a few older lads who could make the step up," he said.

In Belfast Telegraph Championship One, Carrick Rangers will face Larne at Seaview in the East Antrim derby, moved from Taylor's Avenue, as Carrick's ground is currently being renovated.

League leaders Bangor have an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table, when they travel to Breda Park to play Knockbreda who will be without manager Hugh Sinclair, on holiday.

Last season's two relegated sides go head to head at Celtic Park. Sixth placed Donegal Celtic welcome eighth placed Lisburn Distillery to west Belfast.

Institute have a chance to move into the top two. They welcome 12th placed Dergview to Drumahoe. Bottom placed Limavady United will hope to end a terrible year on a high, when they face Ballyclare at The Showgrounds.

In Championship Two, the PSNI can extend their lead at the top of the table if they beat south Belfast rivals Queen's University at The Dub. Glebe Rangers and Ballymoney United go toe to toe at the Riada in the Ballymoney derby, while Annagh United face Lurgan Celtic in a Mid-Ulster derby.

It's not all derby action as, elsewhere, Chimney Corner play Killymoon Rangers and Portstewart take on Wakehurst.

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