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The Anderson Cup, which has been hindered by postponements and waylaid by controversy all season, is finally to be cleared up by Monday. (stock photo)
The Anderson Cup, which has been hindered by postponements and waylaid by controversy all season, is finally to be cleared up by Monday. (stock photo)

By Graham Hamilton

The Anderson Cup, which has been hindered by postponements and waylaid by controversy all season, is finally to be cleared up by Monday.

Instonians have got the go-ahead to play their semi-final clash against Lisnagarvey at the Hillsborough venue on Saturday (1pm), with Banbridge awaiting the winners at their Havelock Park base on Monday (7.45pm).

The competition has been dogged by delays, beginning with a Kilkeel protest against Annadale having an extra substitute, then by Dale withdrawing from the competition.

The Kilkeel and Banbridge tie was also delayed, and when the first leg was finally played, Bann fielded an understrength team as they had previously arranged a challenge game against a top German side the following night.

Bann, though, won the second leg against Kilkeel and also the semi-final against Cookstown, but have been patiently waiting for opponents.

Instonians were unhappy about the choice of date for their semi-final against Garvey, due to the proximity of their IHL2 promotion play-off series, and appeals have been going on since.

But now the Shaw's Bridge side will finally face Garvey on Saturday, with the winners heading to Banbridge on Monday.

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