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Morgan happy to shuffle his deck for Bangor's return to Senior Cup

By Ronnie Ingram

Bangor return to the First Trust Senior Cup after a 15-year absence and make a number of changes for the tie against Belfast Harlequins.

They have had an encouraging return to the AIL with two wins from their first three fixtures and player/coach Jason Morgan has strength in depth that allows him to experiment.

"Our ambition is to finish in the top four in 2C which could give us the prospect of promotion," he said.

"Injuries could be the problem as the season continues so that's why we are giving some of the squad more game time against Quins.

"Adam McCusker and Neil Cuthbertson will be on the wings while Robert Gamble comes into the centre. Andrew Shaw, an Ulster Under-20 ace, will start at prop and Glenn Burton will be in the second row.

"Forward experience will come in the form of Curtis Stewart and David Caughey, who return after injury. The other change is at scrum-half where Gareth Wright comes in for Ali Lockhart to go on the bench."

The holders Ballynahinch do not expect to have any of their Ulster representatives released so the team will be much the same for the visit of Rainey.

Although the Magherafelt side are the only one of the 50 teams in the AIL to have maximum points, they face an uphill task at Ballymacarn.

Armagh, who eliminated last season's defeated finalists Ballymena, should repeat their recent win at Dungannon. Likewise, Banbridge defeated Malone 19-13 in the AIL last Saturday and, with home advantage this time, should qualify for the semi-finals.

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