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Academy girls lock horns with Ballyclare

SOME of the schoolgirls who played a pivotol role in helping Omagh Ladies to Senior One League Cup glory on Saturday will be back in cup action tomorrow morning (Saturday) when Omagh Academy take on Ballyclare in the third round of the Schools’ Cup.

Omagh defeated Raphoe 2-0 thanks to goals by Emma Shortt and Aimee Buchanan and, as acknowledged by skipper Lyndsey McCay, the historic victory owed much to the fitness and skill of the club’s younger players from the Academy.

The Omagh school didn’t have to enter the premier schools knockout competition until Round 3 after reaching the semi-finals of the Ulster Schools Super League earlier in the season and coach Lesley Dickson is quietly confident that her charges can see off the formidable challenge of their Antrim opponents at Campsie.

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“It’s probably as tough a draw as we could have got but given we reached the semis of the Super League which secured home advantage we will start as slight favourites,” she said.

“Ballyclare though were also involved in the Super League and by all accounts were unlucky not to get out of the group stages They have definitely improved since the start of the season and I’m expecting a tough contest.

“That said we are at full strength and if the team performs as I know it is capable off then they can make it through to the next round.”

The Academy coach believes that the fact so many schoolgirls were involved in the Senior One Cup final triumph will leave them brimming with confidence.

“Saturday’s win shows these girls are well used to big games now and they should be going into the tie full of confidence,” she added.  Pushback 10.30pm.

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