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Bangor won't rush back Stewart

By Ronnie Ingram

Bangor No.8 Curtis Stewart is now fully fit after a calf injury but with so many important games coming up in the next few weeks, coach Jason Morgan has decided to start him on the bench for this afternoon's All-Ireland Junior Cup tie against Monkstown at Upritchard Park.

Stewart scored three tries from 18 metres out when Bangor defeated Ballynahinch II 36-34 in the Conference League at the weekend and has been a great influence in his team's successes over the past few seasons. Winger Mark Widdowson is also fit again, so the Down side are fully prepared for their Dublin visitors.

Kiwi Morgan is determined to make Bangor the best Junior side in the province.

"We have a large squad and will be at full strength but will also rest a couple," he said. "We have only been beaten once and that was by one point to Instonians.

"Monkstown are an unknown quantity but there are no easy games, although I'm glad we drew them and have home advantage."

Ulster has two other teams in the semi-finals with Instonians facing St Senan's at Shaw's Bridge. The big Munster team will have gained confidence after their narrow 14-8 defeat to League leaders Clonmel at the weekend, but Inst should have the edge.

The other team is Clogher Valley, who have a most difficult encounter at Clonmel. Both teams reached the semi-finals after their Connacht opponents Connemara and Ballinasloe withdrew.

The pressure continues next week as Instonians, Bangor and Clogher Valley are all involved in the Junior Cup semi-finals. The fourth team is Omagh, who travel to Inst.

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