First Trust Senior Cup Final Preview

19 DEC 2017 | BY CITY OF ARMAGH RUGBY CLUB

On Tuesday 19th December the First Trust Senior Cup final between City of Armagh RFC and Ballymena RFC will take place at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 7.30pm).

For the first time in four years there will be a new name on the cup, as Ballymena saw off Ballynahinch, champions of the last three years, in the semi finals. Ballymena joined the competition at the quarter-final stage, where they accounted for Omagh, and will now be on the hunt for their first Senior Cup success since 2012/13. For City of Armagh, this will be their first ever appearance in a Senior Cup final. The Armagh men also received a bye straight into the quarter-finals, where they edged out Banbridge before an impressive semi-final win over Malone. It has been a memorable year for Armagh who also won the SONI Premiership for the first time last season. The club’s 2nd XV will also contest the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup final at Kingspan Stadium on Thursday night, versus Ballynahinch 2nd XV. TEAMS

City of Armagh:

(1-8): Philip Matthews, Andrew Smyth, Philip Fletcher, Joshua McKinley, Robert Whitten, James Morton, Stuart Hooks, Neil Faloon; (9-15): Harry Doyle, Cormac Fox, Robert Faloon, John Faloon, Christopher Colvin, Ryan Purvis, Timothy McNiece. Replacements: Michael Hoey, Daryl Morton, James Hanna, Thomas Campbell, John Pollock. Ballymena:

(1-8): Bryan Young, James Taggart, Chris Cundell, David Whann, Connor Smyth, Stephen Mulholland, Marcus Rea, Adrian Hamilton; (9-15): David Shanahan, Glenn Baillie, Michael Stronge, Alan Smith, Callum Patterson, James Beattie, Rodger McBurney. Replacements: Andrew Ferguson, Houston Bonnar, Mark Foster, James Gallagher, Matthew Norris. WATCH IT LIVE ONLINE!

Unable to make it to the game, or want to cheer on your local club from overseas? With thanks to competition sponsors First Trust, the match will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/ulsterrugby with full commentary from Graham Jewhurst and Ulster player Luke Marshall on co-commentary. The full match will also be uploaded to www.youtube.com/ulsterrugbytv following the game. PATHS TO THE FINAL

City of Armagh:

Saturday 14th October: City of Armagh 16-6 Banbridge Saturday 18th November: City of Armagh 26-19 Malone Ballymena:

Saturday 14th October: Ballymena 37-27 Omagh Saturday 18th November: Ballymena 13-6 Ballynahinch TICKETING

Tickets can be purchased in advance online from www.ulsterrugby.com/buytickets, or on the gate from 6.30pm on match day. Adults £8, Juniors £4, Under 5s go FREE.