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Limavady are hoping to reign once again at Kingspan

By Staff Reporter

After gaining promotion to Q2 with a flawless 21-game winning streak, Limavady start as favourites to retain the Gordon West Cup against Lurgan at the Kingspan Stadium today (3pm).

Limavady came out on top 24-7 the last time the sides met, but that scoreline was flattering.

Coach Paul O'Kane has made 10 changes from last season's Cup final-winning squad. Dynamic No.8 and captain Daniel Irvine is nursing a hamstring problem while John Purcell has a wrist injury, but it is hoped that both will turn out.

Prop John McCollum remains a doubt after succumbing to concussion twice, but Clive Scott and Peter Browne are back.

This is Limavady's fifth final and they are hoping to emulate Antrim and Letterkenny, who both won in successive seasons.

The Forster Cup final, between Enniskillen II and Malone IV, is also at the Kingspan (1pm).

Bangor, meanwhile, are waiting for the outcome of the postponed AIL round-robin game between Clonmel and Enniscorthy.

Bangor, having played an extra game, head the table with seven points while Clonmel have five and Enniscorthy two. Bangor's final tie is at Clonmel next week and the league winners are promoted and the runners-up face a play-off at Sligo.

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