Waringstown get chance of revenge for Irish Cup final defeat
CIYMS and Instonians will meet in the quarter-finals of the Irish Senior Cup after yesterday's draw, which has set up a repeat of last year's final.
If Waringstown beat Coleraine at The Lawn on Sunday, in their 'replay' after their first attempt was washed out, they will host Merrion in what promises to be a classic rematch.
Ireland players were set to miss the last eight ties because it was scheduled to clash with the final one-day international against Afghanistan, but with the Afghans cancelling the proposed series last week, the way is open for a best against best.
And that includes Ed Joyce, who is set to line-out for the holders against Waringstown, giving the Villagers an even sterner test if they are to gain revenge for their 56 runs defeat at Castle Avenue last September.
CI reached the quarter-final for the first time last year only to lose to YMCA, the team they defeated in Sunday's second round game. As fate would have it, they will face Instonians the day after the teams meet for the second time in the Premier League.
Instonians, who lost on the first day of the season to CI by three wickets, will make the same trip on successive days in another fascinating clash.
The other two ties will be in the North West if Bready and Donemana can win their second round games in Dublin, abandoned at the first time of asking on Sunday.
Donemana will be confident of beating Balbriggan - if they get past The Hills - while Bready's incentive for beating Pembroke is a home game against North Down.
The National Cup draw was also made last night and there were home draws for Derriaghy and Strabane.
Irish Cup quarter-finals: Coleraine or Waringstown v Merrion, Bready or Pembroke v North Down, CIYMS v Instonians, Donemana or The Hills v Balbriggan. Games to be played on Sunday, July 9.
National Cup quarter finals: Malahide v Midleton, Derriaghy v Newbuildings or Knockharley, Rush v Terenure, Strabane v Co. Kerry.