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Ballymoney home in on cup again

By John Flack

Ballymoney are grateful that they landed a home draw in the quarter-finals of the ESB Irish Senior Cup after being paired with Hermes in next month's top tie.

On Saturday 'Money found themselves on the road for the first time in seven years when they traveled to Cork and came away with a 2-1 win over Harlequins.

They are one of four Ulster sides left in the competition with Pegasus or Belfast Harlequins guaranteeing one representative after their scheduled game was abandoned at the weekend.

"I genuinely think the cup is wide open this season with quite a few teams in contention." said Ballymoney stalwart Lynsey McVicker.

"From our point of view it's good to have avoided a trip to Dublin having had a long one to Cork.

"But it looks like we're going to have to do it the hard way this season."

The girls certainly had a happy homecoming after schoolgirl Sally Stewart-Moore grabbed a golden goal winner with two minutes of extra time left.

"Sally is one of our home grown players who have come up through the system and it was great for her to come off the bench to score the winner." added McVicker

"Sure it was a long journey back but it was a happy bus and we played DVDs to keep ourselves occupied."

Victorians produced the shock result of the day when they dismissed Old Alex on a 2-0 scoreline at UUJ.

That win has earned them a difficult trip to Dublin to face Loreto who beat last year's beaten finalists Pembroke Wanderers on penalties.

Randalstown cruised into the last eight in after a 6-0 win over Ashton and they'll now meet Pegasus or 'Quins in the quarters.

Armagh went out on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Railway Union making former Orchard County coach Mick MacKinnon a happy man.

Hermes sounded a warning to Ballymoney as they progressed with an emphatic 5-0 win at Ards while Lisnagarvey went down 3-1 to Cork C of I.

ESB Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals (December 8): Ballymoney v Hermes, Loreto v Victorians, Pegasus/Belfast Harlequins v Randalstown, Railway Union v Cork C of I.

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