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Ballynahinch seek more success

Ballynahinch’s attentions turns to the All Ireland League Division Two play-offs as Lansdowne visit Ballymacarn Park (2.30pm).

Hinch continued their fairytale season by lifting the Ulster Senior Cup with a victory over Ballymena on Friday night, to add to the Senior League title and the AIB Cup.

This will be Hinch’s fourth game in nine days, but coach Derek Suffern wants to finish the season with a trip to Limerick for the play-off final.

“It could go one of two ways, a few years ago we got promotion and Bruff came up to us and beat us at Ballymacarn Park, this time around I think our boys have really matured and want to do well in every game they play,” said Suffern.

“I don’t think there will be an issue over motivation as there hasn’t been yet so far and I don’t doubt them for the last game.”

Hinch will field the same side that started the 19-0 victory over Ballymena, more through necessity than choice.

“We’re sort of getting down to the bare bones and we have a number of long term injuries in there so it’s roughly the same squad,” added Suffern

Captain Stuart Lamb is still suspended so Michael Graham con

tinues at No8 with Willie Faloon retaining the captaincy..

David McGregor keeps his spot at hooker in front of Ulster’s Neil Hanna.

Out half Ryan Bambry will once again be the man Hinch look to for points after his tally of 14 against Ballymena and the coach had special praise for the Kiwi.

“Ryan’s goal kicking is superb, the amount of time he spends practicing is immense and it pays dividends on the pitch,” stated Suffern.

Lansdowne won the league meeting between the teams 13-10 in Dublin, but their last day slip up against Trinity opened the door for Hinch to clinch promotion.

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