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Bangor aim to keep up winning streak at Upritchard Park

By Ronnie Ingram

In a 12 day period, Bangor played three crucial games - against Instonians (7-5) in the Junior Cup final, at Enniscorthy in the All Ireland Junior Cup semi-final (5-23) and then the crucial Boxing Day Qualifying 1 game against Clogher Valley (34-7) - but there is no let-up in the pressure as they now face Lisburn in the Powerade Towns' Cup at Upritchard Park today.

On paper they should have few problems against a Lisburn team eliminated from the Junior Cup by Instonians 63-15 and who occupy the penultimate position in Division 2 with only two wins from nine outings.

Bangor start without Curtis Stewart, their prolific try scorer who dislocated his shoulder against Clogher, and Dessie Fusco but Ross McCloskey should be back after his one week ban for two yellow cards and Jason Morgan could well be rested.

Trophy holders Ballynahinch II, who squeezed out Clogher Valley in last season's final 17-14, take on Division 2 leaders Carrick who are undefeated after eight fixtures but face an exceptionally difficult task at Ballymacarn Park.

Clogher have won the Cup four times in the past nine years and should march into the second round even at Randalstown while home advantage at Eaton Park could make all the difference in the local derby between Ballymena II and Ballyclare.

The other ties are: Armagh II v Dungannon II, Enniskillen v Rainey II and Limavady v Portadown.

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