Ballyclare will be looking to retain the Towns Cup on Easter Monday when they play Enniskillen in the Final at Ravenhill, kick off 14:30.
The White Hares will be favourites to lift the Cup for the second season in succession having beaten Enniskillen twice in their Championship head to heads, Ballyclare scoring 54 points to Enniskillen’s 18 over the two encounters.
However, Enniskillen have shown some good form in the cup with wins against Dungannon II and Ballymena II, in the earlier rounds, before a hugely impressive win against, high flying, Clogher Valley, in the semifinal. It’s their third appearance in this final in the last four season and they will be determined to make it third time lucky.
Ballyclare progressed to the final via a big win against Ballynahinch II, which had me raving about their play, and they followed that up with a win against Randalstown before edging out City of Armagh II in the semi final. They had a good Hinch side chasing shadows in that win at Ballymacarn Park as they ran everything into the strong wind in the first half and if they can reproduce that form in the final it could be a long afternoon for Enniskillen.
However, the problem is, that they haven’t reproduced that form in the matches we’ve covered since. In their big Championship matches, against Instonians and Dromore, they looked for contact far too often as they set out to dominate the forward battle. Yes, the game against Instonians was played in terrible conditions but, Ballyclare are so much better when they play a high tempo game and their excellent back line, including the wonderful Joel McBride, cut loose.
For the neutral, and for our photographers, it would be a very entertaining game if Ballyclare do open up on Easter Monday. I suspect, however, that there will be few neutrals at the game, and the travelling Enniskillen support would be more than happy with a 3 – 0 win for the Skins. This one could go either way.