The Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup second round takes place this weekend with sixteen teams going head to head for the honour of progressing to the quarter finals.
The final participants in round two were decided last Friday when Cooke came out on top against Coleraine in the refixed match at Shaws Bridge.
This completed the first round matches, with the results shown below.
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Ards, Ballyclare, Ballynahinch II, Carrickfergus, Clogher Valley, Grosvenor, Instonians, Larne, Malone II and Randalstown all received a bye in the first round and were entered into the second round draw alongside the winners from round one, with all the matches taking place tomorrow, Saturday 29th September, at 2:30.
The round two matches are as follows.
Of course, being the Cup it’s that time of year when players make miraculous recoveries, find the strength to pull on those boots one last time, or a few fringe players become available so there is a degree of uncertainty on the actual teams we’ll see! However, based on results to date here’s our
stab in the dark best guess at how the matches are going to turnout.
Dromore v Ballyclare.
Dromore have one loss in the Conference (v City of Armagh II) but are unbeaten in the League and Cup, including an impressive opening day league win against Instonians and their hard fought cup win against Enniskillen in the cup.
Ballyclare have continued with their impressive form from last season and are undefeated in all competitions, returning a maximum 20 points from their four games and they already have the scalp of, defending champions, Ballynahinch II in the bag.
This should be the tie of the round. We’ve been impressed by what we’ve saw of Dromore so far this season but we expect Ballyclare to edge this one in a tight game.
Ballymoney v Portadown
Ballymoney won the first three of their Championship/Conference 2 matches before suffering a loss to Lurgan last week. They also collected the scalp of Omagh II on the road in the Cup so they ae showing some form early in the season.
Portadown in comparison have struggled with no wins, in championship/Conference 1, and they have suffered some fairly substantial defeats in their four games to date.
The big unknown is the current difference in standard between Championship 1 and Championship 2 but everything else points to a home win for Ballymoney.
Larne v Carrick
The Mighty Larne are bumping along with two wins from four in the Championship/Conference, their wins coming against UUC and Malone II. Despite indifferent form to date, they will be up for this one against their local rivals.
With two wins and two draws Carrick are unbeaten so far in all competitions but when we caught up with them against Enniskillen they did have difficulties closing out a match they should have won. However they have beaten both of last season’s finalists, Hinch II and City of Armagh II, already this season.
Everything points to a win for Carrick but being a Lane man I can’t bring myself to say it so we’ll go for a big win for the Mighty Larne!
Instonians v Malone II
After a defeat to Dromore in their first outing of the season Instonians have recovered their form to record wins in their next three matches, averaging six tries per game.
Malone II on the other hand have yet to record a win in what must be regarded as a poor start to their season. Substantial losses to Ballymoney and Larne in which they shipped a combined total of 110 points does not point to a team on form!
Should be a convincing win for Instonians but with Malone I having a free weekend that extra support and a few fringe players might inspire Malone II to make a closer game of it.
Limavady v Ards
Limavady have been very impressive at the start of the season with three wins from three in the Conference/Championship plus a big win over Ballymena II in the cup.
Ards are sitting on one win from three and they have already suffered a substantial loss to Limavady in the Championship.
Limavady should progress reasonably comfortably.
Lisburn v Clogher Valley
Lisburn knocked out last season’s finalists City of Armagh II in the opening round but they have struggle for form in the leagues with their only other win coming against Omagh II. However, their three losses have been close.
Clogher Valley are sitting on three from three in Championship/Conference 2, averaging five tries per game, and they will be looking to make a point after relegation last season.
Can’t see beyond Clogher Valley in this one.
Randalstown v Grosvenor
Randalstown will have thought they saw the last of their arch nemesis Grosvenor after the Belfast side pipped them to promotion last season. However, with four wins from four in the Championship/Conference this season they will be going into this game with thoughts of revenge.
Grosvenor though, have had a good start to other campaign in Division 1 with two wins and a loss and they won’t fear a return to Neillsbrook Park after their win there last season.
Should be a cracker and it could go either way but we’re going to tip Randalstown for the win.
Cooke v Ballynahinch II
Cooke go into this game against the defending champions on the back of two wins from three in the Conference/Championship plus of course thier convincing second half display against Coleraine who they also beat in the league.
Ballynahinch’s form has been indifferent with two from four including substantial defeats by Carrick and Ballyclare but they have claimed the scalps of Grosvenor and Portadown and they are the cup experts!
With a full squad to choose from we expect Ballynahinch to progress in this one.