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Junior Cup Final - Match Preview
Johnny Morton

David Sinton (Laurelvale captain), Gavin McGill (Lisburn 2s captain) and Stephen Houston (GMcG)The finals continue to come thick and fast as we reach the business end of the NCU season.

Next up is the GMcG Junior Cup decider on Saturday, 21st August as Laurelvale and Lisburn II meet at Wallace Park.

Senior Section Two side Laurelvale will be bidding to win their maiden Junior Cup crown after beating Ards and CSNI II before a narrow three-run semi-final victory over Lurgan.

Captain David Sinton and Adnan Malik have both starred with the bat with the former scoring three consecutive half-centuries – including 94 in the second round – while Malik posted 97 in the same game and followed it up with 82 against Lurgan.

Photo right: David Sinton (Laurelvale captain) and Gavin McGill (Lisburn 2s captain) with the GMcG Junior Cup trophy.
Also pictured is Stephen Houston from competition sponsors GMcG.

Lisburn II have won the Junior Cup on eight occasions – the most recent of which came with a seven-wicket win against Cliftonville in 2016 – and have made it to another final by beating North Down II, Drumaness Superkings and Cooke Collegians.

Glenn Halliday has scored 145 runs in three Junior Cup innings this season while their bowling has been impressive throughout.

Gavin McGill's side also currently sit top of the Junior One table after winning all eight of their league matches to date and they'll be targeting a magnificent double, starting with Saturday's final in front what will be a significant home support.

Junior Cup 2021 Match Summaries