Combination champions face-off at Victoria Road

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The Ascot Hotel Junior Cup reaches its last-16 stage on Saturday afternoon.

The tie of the first round proper’s eight matches is arguably at Victoria Road where Combination Two champions Braddan host Combination One counter-parts DHSOB.

The latter scrapped past Peel on penalties in the last round, but will be slight favourites to advance past their hosts on Saturday.

The Swans, however, will be no pushovers and retained their divisional silverware at a canter, only dropping seven points in the process. Striker Adam McCullough is the Braddan dangerman and if Old Boys produce a similar lacklustre performance to the one they produced against Peel they could be punished.

Alongside DHSOB, Laxey, Rushen and St George’s are among the competition’s favourites. The trio take on Combi Two sides Onchan, RYCOB and Governor’s Athletic respectively and should advance through safely to the quarter-finals.

Second-tier sides Gymns and Castletown might find some joy when they host Combination One outfits St John’s and St Mary’s, especially with the latter pair struggling for form of late.

At least one Combination Two side will make it into the last eight though, with Pulrose United drawn against Foxdale. This one could go either way with Pully winning one league meeting between the pair 4-3 and the other ending 4-4.

Colby take on Douglas and District at the Station Fields with the hosts favourites to advance.

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