Wednesday, 20 December 2017

FESTIVE FINALS thumbnail William Glenny celebrates putting Ballyvea into the Boxing Day final of the Bobby Dalzell Cup.

A NUMBER of local teams face a busy Boxing Day as they look forward to taking part in prestigious festive finals.

Ballyvea FC secured their place in the final of the Crebisol Bobby Dalzell Cup when they edged past Mourne Rovers during their clash earlier this month.

A large crowd at Bignian Park witnessed the men from Mourne win by a single goal, but crucially taking all three points and ensuring their place in the Boxing Day battle with Ballynahinch Olympic II next Tuesday.

Ballyvea is not the only team from Mourne putting in those final preparations for a Christmas clash.

Valley Rangers face Hanover in the Bob Radcliffe Cup next week.

The match will take place in Stangmore Park, Dungannon with an 11am kick off.

The cup final will be a cross-county clash as County Down face County Armagh.

The Portadown team is the only thing standing in the way of Valley taking the Radcliffe Cup home to Kilkeel.

The club is running a supporters' bus to the final on Boxing Day.

The bus will leave for Strangmore Park, home of Dungannon Swifts, at 9am for the 11am kick off.

If anyone wants to book a place on the bus contact Craig McKee or any other member of the club's committee.

Indeed, the Boxing Day finals will be dominated by Mourne men as Kilkeel Hockey Club make a trip out on Tuesday (26 December).

Fresh from making history by reaching their first Kirk Cup final, the hockey players will be looking to go one step further against Mossley and win the trophy.

The Kirk Cup is the oldest hockey tournament in Ulster and the oldest provincial hockey trophy in Ireland.

It has become tradition from the 1966-67 season to play the final on Boxing Day, having previously been reserved for the Anderson Cup final.

Kilkeel Men's 1s currently sit top of the league table with Mossley just behind them, in second place.

Kilkeel defeated Instonians back in November to make it through to the Boxing Day final for the first time in their 93-year history.


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