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Cup final place on offer for an in-form Ballyclare

Ronnie Ingram

Qualifying League Two's Ballyclare have eliminated eight Qualifying One teams in Cup competitions in the past two seasons and could well add another to their list when they travel to Coleraine in the Millar, McCall Wylie Junior Cup semi-final tomorrow afternoon.

Undefeated in their division, Ballyclare have already recorded a convincing early season win over their opponents but now have injury problems.

However Colin Morrow has slotted in well to the scrum-half berth and has kicked accurately while former Rugby League player JJ Baird has improved with every outing.

Coleraine have 14 of their 25 squad injured including captain and flanker Stephen Douglas and number eight Kenny Calladine.

"We lost a few games early on but are hitting good form at the moment and hopefully a lot of our players who have been restricted to the physio's table will have recovered," commented coach Richard Beggs.

Ballynahinch II, last season's defeated finalists, are the favourites to lift the trophy but can expect a tough game against a Ballymoney team at Kilraughts Road. Hinch will be strengthened as Brian Mannus returns to the pack and Zack McCall is likely to feature at some stage after injury.

Ballymoney will need to be at their best to overcome Hinch.

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