Both Enniskillen and Clogher Valley will go in search of a place in the River Rock Towns’ Cup final when they contest their respective semi-finals on Saturday.

A derby final is still on the cards put neither side will be looking that far ahead with both having difficult assignments ahead of them if they are to make it through to the decider at Kingspan Stadium on Easter Monday.

Skins were beaten in last season’s final by Bangor so they will be keen to make amends for that and go a step further this year.

Indeed, Willie Gibson’s side come into the game on the back of a strong finish to the league campaign.

A tough winter saw them drop away after a bright start to the season but they finished off well with four wins in a row, including last Saturday’s 36-7 win at home to Clogher Valley to move into fourth place.

So, Skins will enter Saturday’s home game against Armagh 2nd XV in a confident frame of mind although Gibson knows that they will face a tough test if they are to make it back to the final.

“It is going to be very tough,” said Gibson.

“They don’t know much about us and we don’t know much about them but what I do know is that Brian McLaughlin will have them well coached. They will be a good handling side and they will be big so it’s not going to be easy but we will just have to make sure that we take it up another notch from Saturday’s game against Clogher.

“We’ll look at getting our defence right and like we have been doing recently we will be aiming to play our own game and not get too bogged down about the opposition.”

Skins to have the advantage of the being played at Mullaghmeen and Gibson is in no doubt that they have the quality to win the game.

“The boys love playing at home and the crowd get right behind us,” said Gibson.

“Certainly, we’re good enough, if you look at our league results as a gauge we have beaten all the top teams apart from Omagh, who we should have beaten. However, it is all about getting a result on the day.”

Clogher joint coach Davy Black felt his side got the toughest draw with an away game against Ballynahinch 2nd XV and he admits that they will be further hampered by injuries. However, he stresses that they will be doing all in their power to book their place in the final.

“We’ve had no luck with injuries with three broken bones to players over the last two weeks and we will be missing about eight players for the game. On top of that, away to Ballynahinch is probably the hardest draw we could have got but it’s the semi-final of the cup, it’s a game we are looking forward to and I’m confident that we will give it a good rattle,” he added.

It has been a season of transition for Clogher with only five players remaining from the side that made it into the final just three years ago and Black says that to reach a final would be a big success.

“To get to the final would be a dream, especially given the start we had to the season. The big thing for us this season has been the blooding of players which was something we knew we had to do and if we could get to the final that would be great,” he commented.