Tuesday 22 October 2019

Westport chase home success

High hopes: Westport will look to make the most of home advantage. Photo: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ie
High hopes: Westport will look to make the most of home advantage. Photo: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ie

Westport will be looking to end their AIG Junior Cup hoodoo on home soil this weekend.

The hosts have lost three finals since 2006, but they face Ulster champions Malone in Saturday's semi-finals with high hopes of making Sunday's final.

With Shane Larkin, Anto Browne and Fergus Rothwell forming the backbone of the team and Ronan Hehir and Ronan Mahon two veterans of the 2013 final, they will pose a significant challenge for Malone, who showed their strength in depth by beating Warrenpoint for the Ulster crown.

Winners in 2009 and beaten finalists in 2017, Malone have youth on their side in the shape of Ulster U14 Close champion Fionn Dobbin.

On the other side of the draw, Leinster champions Dun Laoghaire face Tramore having come through a series of tight encounters to win their first pennant since 1947

"It's been fine margins," admits team captain Niall Keyes. "We have scraped our way through."

Tramore are chasing a first success in the Junior Cup in the club's 125th anniversary year and with team captain Paul Flynn no stranger to success as a hurler with Waterford and a member of their 2014 Senior Cup-winning team, they will not lack inspiration.

Flynn can count on former hurler Dave Bennett, who was a key player in their Munster final success over East Cork.

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