Hinch on verge of making cup history with two finals on cards
Ballynahinch have never achieved the cup ‘double’ but can create history in a fortnight when their firsts face Dungannon in the First Trust Senior Cup final on Thursday at Kingspan while their seconds contest the Millar, McCaw Wylie Junior Cup final two evenings earlier.
On Saturday their second string eliminated Portadown 45-10 in the semi-final but their final opponents will not be decided until Saturday as the Omagh/Coleraine semi was postponed.
Portadown set out to avenge their recent 50-0 Conference League defeat and were in front on two occasions early on but gradually the stronger and more experienced home team took over, running in 26 second half points.
A try by second row forward Lee Bicker was cancelled out by one from Keith Dickson before No 8 Gary Hall regained the initiative for the visitors. Hinch full-back Paddy Wright then added the points to a Graham McKittrick try and his own to make the interval score 19-10.
As Portadown were subdued it was a dominant second period with further tries from Chris Stevenson, Stewart Orr, Johnny Murdock and Ben McMullan for Wright to bring his afternoon’s tally to 15 points with three more conversions.
Hinch II are now firm favourites to clinch the trophy which they’ve won on seven occasions.
Meanwhile, Cambridge House earned a second round Danske Bank Medallion Shield tie against Dalriada when they ran in eight tries in a 50-5 triumph at Carrickfergus Grammar.
Their star player was outside centre Curtis Henry. He scored three times while their captain and flanker Rhys Irvine touched down twice as well as kicking five conversions.