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Holly hoping to secure trophy delight for Coleraine

By John Campbell

They may have missed the boat in terms of achieving success in the Derry Senior Football Championship but Coleraine Eoghan Rua could yet end 2015 on a high.

The club will meet Down champions Ballela in the Ulster Junior Hurling Championship final at Owenbeg tomorrow (12.45pm) conscious that victory would mark a significant step forward.

Niall Holly is one of the pillars of both the club's football and hurling sides and having tasted disappointment in the football final when Slaughtneil once again came out on top, he is particularly keen to see the hurlers succeed.

"It would be a great boost for Eoghan Rua if we were to win this final but when you look at the headway that Ballela have been making you know that it is not going to be easy. But we will certainly be up for the job. It's going to be tough and we will need to be at our best," maintained Holly.

His team's single-minded approach is matched by that of Ballela, according to the Down team's enthusiastic chairman Bernard McCusker.

McCusker said: "This is the biggest match we have played in a while. We are going in against a Coleraine side that played in the Intermediate competition last year and acquired experience.

"They could have a physical advantage and will not be lacking in stamina but I think technically and tactically we will be able to at least match them. If we do, we will be in with a decent chance."

The McCusker brothers, Ryan and Jonathan, carry a scoring threat in the Ballela attack while Niall Burns is a defensive rock and the Magee brothers, Malachy and Kel, have experience.

Dan McCusker at full-back, too, could prove a big barrier to the Eoghan Rua attack.

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