ULSTER kingpins Ballynahinch stand in the way of a unique Tyrone double at the Kingspan Stadium this week.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) evening Omagh Accies lock horns with Ballynahinch seconds in the final of the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup and 48 hours later Dungannon square up to the Co Down club’s first XV in the final of First Trust Senior Cup.
‘Hinch will start as favourites to claim a memorable double of their own but Accies coach Phil Marshall and his players are in the mood to spoil the party.
Omagh haven’t won the coveted Junior Cup in 24 long years and the class of 2016 are determined to set the record straight against a ‘Hinch outfit which brushed aside a good Portadown outfit in the semi-finals.
Two years ago the Accies were edged out in the showpiece decider by Instonians but Marshall believes his team are better equipped to go all the way at Ulster Rugby headquarters this time around.
“There’s only one or two players in the squad who have never played at Ravenhill,” he said.
“We are definitely better prepared mentally. It’s not going to be a shock to any of them.
“Whilst the team is still very young in rugby terms, it has matured. I’m guessing the average age is 23-24 but, within that, 70% of the squad has been part of the first team squad for four years.I just want us to play the game I know we can play and, if Ballynahinch beat us after that, then good luck to them.”
Both finals kick-off at 7.30pm.
PREVIEWS OF BOTH FINALS IN TODAY’S TYRONE HERALD