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Academy face Down in semi showdown

Deane Kane scoring a try against Enniskillen Royal

OMAGH Academy will lock horns with Down High School for a place in the Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield Final at Campsie Playing Fields tomorrow morning.

Omagh, who defeated Enniskillen Royal 14-10 in the last eight, will hope to make the most of home advantage as Ross Hunter’s team bid for a place against the winners of Ballyclare or Grosvenor in the showpiece final.

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In the quarter-final Deane Kane and Matthew Hill grabbed the tries as Omagh defeated their Fermanagh neighbours while Down ran riot in thumping Dalriada 41-14.

That convincing win would suggest that James Longwell and his team will have their work cut out for them if they’re to reach the final decider.

The sides have met twice this season with the Academy boys winning 10-5 in Omagh while Down emerged 9-7 victors on their home patch.

Coach Ross Hunter, despite missing the suspended Nathan Sides, is quitely confident that his troops can see off the visiting challenge.

“With home advantage we have to back ourselves,” said the Academy coach.

“Down are a good side, they like to throw the ball about but as it stands conditions won’t really allow them to do that.

“It’s a big challenge for sure but it’s one we’re ready for.”

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