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Jordan Dallas looking to deliver knockout blow in Portrush derby showpiece

 

By Alex Mills

Coleraine's Jordan Dallas insists derby fixtures are special, but believes there will be added spice when his team comes up against rivals Portrush in an IBA Senior Cup third round tie.

The Bannsiders make the short trip to Ramore Head today, hoping to book a slot in next month's quarter final line-up.

Dallas's boys beat Portrush in a league game earlier this season, but he reckons that could be used as a motivational factor for his team's opponents.

"Ramore Head is a notoriously difficult venue for any side and because of that Portrush will go into the game as favourites," said Dallas.

"We played them at our place last month and, in spite of being 31 shots down after seven ends, we battled back to win the game by three shots.

"So we have good battling qualities in the side, something that we will need for this cup tie."

It's something of a unique occasion because there are no immediate records of the teams clashing previously in the game's top knockout tournament.

Former Ireland international Victor Dallas, who is Jordan's father, is now in his 40th year at Coleraine and he cannot recall any IBA Cup meetings.

"No one remembers facing Portrush before, so it will be a special tie," added Dallas.

IBA Senior Cup, third round: Dunluce v Ballymena, Ballywalter v Bangor, Banbridge v Falls, CYM v Whitehead, St James's Gate v Belmont, Ballymoney v Larne, Carrickfergus v Old Bleach, Portrush v Coleraine.

IBA Intermediate Cup, third round: Dungiven v PSNI, Comber v Ballycastle, Sydenham v Londonderry Park, Curran v Markethill, Forth River v Cliftonville, Warrenpoint v Newtownabbey, NICS v Hilden, Musgrave v Ards.

IBA Junior Cup, third round: Ballymoney v Cookstown, Hilden v Dromore, CYM v Coleraine, Willowfield v Pickie, Balmoral v St James's Gate, Limavady v Curran, Belmont C v Dunbarton, Larne v Dunluce.

• Ireland tomorrow begin their assault on the British Isles Women 's Home International Championship at Llandrindod Wells. David Corkill's side have a great chance of getting early points as they face Jersey in their opening match.

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