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Dromore face real challenge in bid to end Ulster's All-Ireland drought

 

Dromore had a particularly hard-fought encounter against Instonians on Saturday and won 21-19 despite having a penalty count of 24 to six against them as their rucking displeased the referee (stock photo)
Dromore had a particularly hard-fought encounter against Instonians on Saturday and won 21-19 despite having a penalty count of 24 to six against them as their rucking displeased the referee (stock photo)

By Ronnie Ingram

Dromore face an unenviable task in their bid to become the first Ulster team to win the All-Ireland Junior Cup since 2010 as they travel to Cork to take on Crosshaven in the semi-finals.

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Dromore, the province's last remaining hope, will come up against a side who have already eliminated Instonians and Ballyclare away from home.

Crosshaven are a typical junior Munster team with a massive pack including the influential James Kind at No.8, and a kicking out-half in Cian McGovern. They seldom spread the ball further than their big centres.

Dromore had a particularly hard-fought encounter against Instonians on Saturday and won 21-19 despite having a penalty count of 24 to six against them as their rucking displeased the referee.

Director of Rugby Jeremy Ogle said: "We have put in a lot of work to rectify the problem and know we can come home with a win but need to win the forward exchanges and use our wingers."

Dromore, who reached this stage with home wins over Newcastle West (38-10) and Grosvenor (47-7), make one change from last week as second-row Ross Bingham is unavailable and will be replaced by the experienced Johnny Maguire.

They have Ulster junior half-backs Lee Steenson and David Lyttle in action, and the experience of former Malone star Josh Pentland in the centre.

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