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Bratton banks on Derry's home form

By Jonathan Bradley

Ballynahnich will travel to City of Derry in the semi-finals of the First Trust Bank Senior Cup after the draw for the last four was made at Ravenhill yesterday.

Derek Suffern's men will be the favourites to reach the showpiece final on Wednesday December 11 having already beaten City of Derry, albeit at Ballymacarn Park, back in August.

Hinch currently top of the Ulster Senior League having won four of their five fixtures to date.

However, even given the daunting task ahead, City of Derry's Adam Bratton is confident his side can cause an upset.

"We said coming up that we'd be happy with anyone up at home. Ballynahinch well be a big test but, no disrespect to anyone, we always fancy ourselves when we have home advantage so we'll be confident," said Bratton.

Queen's University, the most successful side in the history of the competition with 22 wins, have not lifted the trophy since 2010, but they will be hoping to make a welcome return to Ravenhill when they face Banbridge in the other semi-final.

The students have started the season well, including an away win over Banbridge in AIL 2A action earlier this month.

They will, however, be wary of the threat posed by Daniel Soper's side having lost 45-20 at home to the County Down team last season.

The ties will both be played on Saturday November 16 with replays, if required, set to take place on or before the 27th of the same month.

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