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Mid Ulster round-up, March 23

This Friday (March 28) will see a new name on the third Wilmor Johnston Memorial Cup as Banbridge Rangers Reserves face Newry City Reserves at Armagh City’s Holm Park (kick off 7.30pm).

Much of last week was given over to domestic cup competitions. The undoubted highlight was the attendance of several members of the Magee family, who assisted in the presentation of the trophy and the individual awards, at the Final of the competition named in memory of the late John Magee. The match itself got off to a spectacular start with both Newmills and Goodyear scoring twice in the first eight minutes. The score remained level until the second half when Newmills scored what proved to be the eventual winner.

Armagh City Reserves reached the semi-final of the Marshall Cup for the second consecutive year and in doing so ensured that, yet again, junior football will be represented in the Final on May 9. City’s reserves beat St Marys on penalties and now face Ballyoran. Broomhill destroyed the hopes of Hill Street as they ran out winners by 5-0 and now face Hanover for a place in the semi-final.

Lurgan Institute and Ballyoran reached the semi-finals of the Alexandra Cup with respective wins over Riverdale and Coalisland Athletic.

In the Foster Cup, Tullygally and Tullyvallen reached the semi-final stage with away wins over Glenavy and Portadown BBOB.

The line-up for the semi-finals of the Beckett Cup was also decided with wins for Cookstown Celtic, Mowhan Utd and White City.

In league matters, both Tandragee Rovers and Dollingstown continued winning ways in the Intermediate A Division whilst in the B section Newry City had a convincing 4-1 win at Moneyslane to remain at the top of the Division whilst Valley Rangers took second place after a narrow win at Seagoe.

Ambassadors had a comfortable 6-0 win at Derryhirk to close the gap at the top of Division 1, but third place Armagh Rovers came a cropper as they were beaten 4-3 by the vastly improved Scarva Rangers.

In Division 2, Red Star improved their chances of promotion with a convincing 6-2 over Lurgan BBOB whilst Knockmenagh Swifts narrow victory over Lurgan Thistle underlined their hopes of securing the Division 4 title at their first attempt.

Belfast Telegraph