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Ballyclare aim for Junior Cup upset

Ballynahinch II will start favourites to defeat Ballyclare in the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup final at Ravenhill this evening 7.30 pm.

Hinch, with such strength in depth throughout the club, have won the trophy six times, the last being three seasons ago, although they were just pipped by Clogher Valley last year 22-21.

They will have no injury problems as the players that were called up to play for the firsts against Rainey on Saturday came through unscathed. Toby Mannus, who has recently returned after injury, and James McBriar are now ineligible.

Back row Zac McCall made a big impact in the semi-final at Ballymoney when he made a couple of breaks that led to tries and Davy Nicolson is still as fast as ever. Davy Harris and Owen Jarvie are now fully fit and Michael Carson will make his presence felt at full-back.

On the way to the final Hinch, who are undefeated in 2nd XV League 1, eliminated Belfast Harlequins II 59-7, Limavady 47-10, Portadown 27-18 and Ballymoney 19-13.

Ballyclare are also unbeaten with seven wins in Junior 2 and are well on their way to promotion. They have won the Junior Cup on six occasions.

They are a mixture of youth and experience and relish the fact that they are the underdogs.

They weren't expected to eliminate the Irish Junior Cup finalists Clogher Valley, but they did 8-6. In the other rounds they had wins over Cooke 26-10, Omagh 42-10 and Coleraine 22-3.

They will be make history as the first Section 2 side to reach the finals of the Junior and Towns' Cups in the same year.

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