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Dungannon Looking To Be Kings Of Ulster Again

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Dungannon Looking To Be Kings Of Ulster Again thumbnailDungannon captain James McMahon is ready to take Ballynahinch down.

DUNGANNON Rugby Club are ready to be crowned kings of Ulster for the first time in six seasons this Thursday.

They face Ulster kingpins Ballynahinch on Thursday night at the Kingspan Stadium in their first Ulster Senior Cup final since the 2010/11 season.

Dungannon may be two divisions below the County Down men, but captain James McMahon says they are not going to let reputations put them off.

“I think if we turn up on the night in the right frame of mind, and there's no reason why we won't, then we have got a chance," says James.

“We aren't going up to lose. We aren't going to lie down and roll over too easy.

“It's hard to be 100 per cent confident you're going to win but it's all about how it goes on the night.

“The form book goes out the window."

It has been a tough past few years at Dungannon, as the club suffered a fall from grace which brought them from the brink of the top tier of All-Ireland rugby in 2012 to the fourth tier in 2015.

However, under new coach Andy Hughes the club has regrouped and are starting to make real progress.

And James says he and his team mates are getting ready to seize the day this Thursday.

“It's the biggest game a lot of the boys will have played in.

“You don't get chances to play at the Kingspan very often and we can't afford to let it pass us by.

“It'll be great for Dungannon to get back into a final for the first time in a while."

While Ballynahinch will enter the clash as strong favourites, James says they won't be worrying about what Ballynahinch are capable of, and will instead focus on trying to hurt their opponents.

“All we can do is worry about our own game," he says.

“We know what to expect from them and we will just concentrate on ourselves.

“I'd say it'll be a fairly open game.

“They'll want to play rugby; they'll be strong favourites so they'll not be keeping it tight and it's just up to how we perform and if we turn up.

James says he is hoping a big crowd will head down and says he hopes they can give the travelling support something to cheer about.

“We get great support every week in Dungannon and it's nice for us to give them the chance to support us on the big stage.

“If we do win it'll be a great way to head into Christmas and make it all the sweeter."

Kick off this Thursday, 15 December at the Kingspan Stadium is at 7.30pm.

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