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Unfazed Dromore High side ready to make history again

By Ronnie Ingram

History will be made at Dromore High this afternoon (2pm) when the school side play host to a Danske Bank Schools' Cup tie for the first time.

Dromore, in their first season in the premier competition, travelled to Banbridge Academy on Saturday and earned an 8-8 draw in their first ever game at this level. Now, they are relishing the chance to progress from the replay.

They make just one change as flanker Matthew Pepper is injured, so Conor Heasley will start.

Coach Josh Pentland said: "We are not weakened as a result as Heasley came on at half-time last week. We have been trying out a few tactical moves which we hope will give us more territory.

"On Saturday we should have been further than three points ahead at the interval but a couple of scoring chances were lost. After the restart we were outplayed and I felt we were rather fortunate to draw.

"This time we are at home which is a big advantage although we will still have to cope with a very physical pack."

Banbridge are unchanged and know they must get off to a better start.

Coach Brian Leslie said: "We had a nervous start which led to mistakes but a number of players did excel and they will need to do so again.

"Out-half Ross Cartmill was outstanding in attack, as was Troy Pinion in the centre. Flanker Josh McIntosh is another who put in a tremendous number of tackles.

"We had at least 75 per cent of the territory in the second half and had only eight points. That was unacceptable and should not happen again. Dromore are a very spirited and hard working side who have been coached exceptionally well so we can anticipate another tough encounter."

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