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With clear ambitions to win the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup for the first time, Rainey Old Boys will now have to book their final place the hard way
With clear ambitions to win the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup for the first time, Rainey Old Boys will now have to book their final place the hard way

By Michael Sadlier

With clear ambitions to win the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup for the first time, Rainey Old Boys will now have to book their final place the hard way.

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Yesterday's semi-final draw has pitted the Magherafelt club against holders City of Armagh, who are bidding for a hat-trick of titles.

Rainey do, at least, have home advantage after easing their way past Belfast Harlequins last weekend in a seven-try 45-13 romp, though their clash with Armagh is pretty much on the back-burner as the semi-finals are not being played until mid-January.

Rainey coach John Andrews, who oversaw his side win promotion to Division 2A of the All-Ireland League last season, said: "We'll park it up and we'll reassess it at that point.

"We're talking about trying to get a bit of silverware over the next couple of years, be it a Senior Cup, Ulster League or All-Ireland League, and it would be nice to finish top of the pile," he added.

Rainey currently lead the SONI Ulster Premiership after two rounds of games and are at Ballymena this weekend, seven days before the start of the AIL.

Rainey's only previous Ulster Senior Cup final was in the 2012-13 season when Ballymena defeated them.

Ballynahinch, who won three Senior Cups in a row prior to Armagh's double success, have been drawn at home to Dungannon.

Bank of Ireland semi-final draw: Rainey v City of Armagh; Ballynahinch v Dungannon

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