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Ballynahinch and City of Derry lined up for Cup semi duel

Ulster's two unbeaten clubs, City of Derry and Ballynahinch, will go head to head for a place in the 2010/11 First Trust Ulster Senior Cup Final.

The rivals — both of whom have appeared in just one Senior Cup final, which, in each case, resulted in victory — are now just 80 minutes away from a second visit to Ravenhill for the annual showpiece.

Derry’s solitary Senior Cup Final appearance and success was in 2000. Ballynahinch’s year was 2009.

The victors will face the winners of the Dungannon-Malone semi-final, the other pairing when the draw was made yesterday afternoon at the competition sponsors’ Belfast headquarters.

The clash of All-Ireland League Division Three City of Derry and Division Two Ballynahinch promises to be particularly intriguing, with each boasting formidable records to date this season.

Both are unbeaten in the All-Ireland League, the Ulster Senior League and the Ulster Senior Cup.

The Foylesiders top Division Three and the Ballymacarn Park club Division Two of the AIL, both enjoying bonus point wins in each of their three AIL games so far.

In the Ulster League, pace-setting Derry lead second-placed Hinch only by virtue of having played an additional fixture.

The Maiden City men regained their status as one of Ireland’s 48 senior clubs at the end of last season. In contrast, Ballynahinch were relegated from Division 1B, but since entering Division Two have been in top form.

Both matches are scheduled for November 6 with the final being played on December 16.

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