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Underdogs Grosvenor are set to make strong bid for cup final spot

 

By Ronnie Ingram

Ballynahinch II, after two convincing wins over Coleraine and Cooke in the past two weeks, can expect a much tougher challenge in the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup semi-final when they face Grosvenor at Gibson Park tomorrow afternoon.

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With Kyle McCall returning to the Firsts after an injury, it will probably be Johnny Blair who will bolster the front row of the Seconds. Another asset will be the return of winger Ross Adair to the bench after surgery.

Hinch will start favourites, but Director of Rugby Harry McAleese knows they are away from home so it will be tough.

"I know we have lost a few games this season and haven't been as strong as I would have liked," he said.

"This was due to not having a regular team due to the Firsts' Ulster commitments, but having scored 18 tries in our last two games, I feel we are now coming good at the right time."

One interesting fact is that Stewart Smyth, who is the Hinch CPO and has put in a lot of work with the Youth Section, will be turning out as the Grosvenor hooker.

In the other tie, last season's semi-finalists Malone II will need to be at their best to eliminate Dromore. The Down side is undefeated in Kukri 1 but, after forfeiting five points for a rules infringement which they are appealing, they trail leaders Ballyclare by seven points.

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