Windmill set for Junior cup semi-final show down

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Monday, March 26th, 2012
Windmill Stars continue their quest to become the first local side to take home the Junior Cup twice when they take on Strathroy Harps on Wednesday evening (28th March) in the highly anticipated semi-final of the Coca Cola Junior Cup. In 2003 Windmill became the first Carnbane club to win the Junior Cup and in the process broke a 41 year barren run in the competition for local sides. Prior to this, the only occasion the Junior Cup had been lifted by a local team was back in 1962 when a Newry United team containing none other than goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings lifted the prestigious trophy. Bessbrook United have came close to adding their name to the trophy a number of times in recent years only to fall short at the final hurdle. Only last season they made it all the way to the final were they were narrowly beaten by Woodvale.

Windmill Star's manager Kieran McParland and Shane Horsk of Strathroy Harps show the 2nd Semi Final Draw of the Coca Cola Junior Cup.

Windmill will fancy their chances of making the final this year, having come from behind in the previous round to knock out two-time winners and many peoples’ favourites to win the competition, Enniskillen Town United. Windmill’s semi final opponents, Strathroy Harps are based in Omagh and ply their trade in the Fermanagh & Western league.  They formed as recently as 2002 and have risen through the ranks, currently sitting mid table in Division One. ‘Harps will be looking for another Carnbane scalp after they ousted Windmill’s fierce local rivals and last year’s beaten finalists, Bessbrook United to reach the last four. The match will be played at Lakeview Park in Loughall, with a 7.30pm kick off. The admission will be £4.00 for adults and £2 for concessions. The winners will take on St.Patricks YM or St.Marys YC in the final.
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