Old Firm derby takes centre stage in semis

Junior Cup holders Rushen beat Combination One champions DHSOB on Saturday to advance through to a semi-final tie at Peel on Saturday

Junior Cup holders Rushen beat Combination One champions DHSOB on Saturday to advance through to a semi-final tie at Peel on Saturday

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Peel and Rushen United go head-to-head in an Old Firm derby on Saturday afternoon looking to book a place in the final of this season’s Ascot Hotel Junior Cup.

The match between two of Manx football’s fiercest rivals is a repeat of last season’s final when Rushen triumphed 5-3 to lift the combination cup.

The Spaniards booked their place in the last four after beating Combination One champions DHSOB 2-0 on their own turf last time out courtesy of an Andrew Moody double, so will go into this weekend’s game full of confidence.

It’s been a rocky few weeks for Peel as the western club have missed out on both the Premier League and Combi One titles. However, the Sunset City’s route to the semis has been a high-scoring one, netting no fewer than 22 goals in just three games including a 10-0 hammering against Douglas Royal in the last round.

The other semi-final clash sees Combi Two side Braddan travel to Ballafletcher to take on 2013 winners Corinthians.

The Whites have beaten Union Mills and Laxey on their way to the last four, but it’s Braddan’s journey that has caught the eye.

Having defeated RYCOB in the preliminary round, the Swans have stunned Combi One opposition in the shape of Ayre United and St John’s.

Therefore, Corinthians will have to be wary of complacency if they are to avoid becoming the latest victims of the Victoria Road outfit and make the final.

DAVE NORTON

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