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Clogher Valley must improve in order to trouble Ballymena

By Ronnie Ingram

Clogher Valley will try to bounce back from last week's disastrous 21-7 defeat at Wanderers when they face Ballymena II in the Powerade Towns' Cup semi-final at Eaton Park tomorrow (4.00pm).

In the process of squandering a second half lead due to too many mistakes they also suffered injuries to Philip Moore and Rodney Bennett who will both be missing.

Ronan McAleer and Neil Henderson will be included while David Sharkey plays in the second row and BJ Wilson on the blindside.

Ballymena will not be at full strength either as their firsts will be without Ulster's Andrew Warwick as well as Brian Young for their vital AIL game at UCC so their absence has a ripple effect.

Adam Smyth has impressed and will be brought into the front row.

As for the other semi-final, Ballynahinch II – who face Donaghadee at Ballymacarn Park – have already won the Junior Cup with a 17-7 victory over Ballyclare and are undefeated in the league.

Ballynahinch firsts are in Cork to face Constitution meaning the seconds will be without a couple of players.

Donaghadee have only six wins from 17 so start as underdogs.

Meanwhile, in a rearranged Ulster Senior League game Banbridge – with home advantage at Rifle Park – should be much too strong for Ards.

Instonians will probably need a play-off to remain in AIL next season and that could well be against Clogher Valley if they finish second in the round-robin.

Inst would need to finish with two bonus point wins and hope that Boyne lose at Tullamore. A big ask but they can start with five points at Richmond tomorrow.

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