Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 30 August 2015

Ballymoney riding their luck in hockey cup

Published 18/02/2009

Ballymoney will have another chance to prove they are very much a cup team when they tackle Cork C of I at the Joey Dunlop Centre in the blue riband competition on Saturday.

Their record in the Irish Senior Cup is a proud one, having won it once and reached two finals in their relatively brief existence in the top flight.

Even Money would admit that the luck of the draw seems generally to shine on them and they rarely come out of the hat second. Saturday is no exception and with home advantage once again it would be a major surprise if the Co Antrim side |didn't progress.

Elsewhere in the Cup three other Ulster teams are in action with one guaranteed to progress and one to go out.

That's because Lurgan have been pitted against local rivals Armagh in Craigavon, while Harlequins have a tough one in Dublin against Pembroke.

There are a host of league games down for decision both tonight and on Saturday with the race for places in next season's IHL hotting up.

tonight: Premier League: Harlequins v Randalstown (Deramore, 6.45pm), Pegasus v Knock (Queen's, 8pm), Victorians v Armagh (Deramore, 8pm). Senior One: Ulster Elks v Queen's (UUJ, 6.45pm).

Saturday: ESB Irish Senior Cup: Loreto v UCD, Railway Union v Old Alex, Corinthian v Glenanne, Lurgan v Armagh (Craigavon LC, 2.30pm), Ballymoney v Cork C of I (JD Centre, 2.30pm), Pembroke v Belfast Harlequins. Premier League: Ards v Randalstown (Ards LC, 4pm), Lisnagarvey v Victorians (Hillsborough, 2.30pm). Senior One: Ballyclare v Omagh (Ballyclare, 2.30pm), Greenisland v Priorians (Carrick LC, 2.30pm), Civil Service v Cookstown (Stormont, 1pm), North Down v Ulster Elks (Comber LC, 1pm).

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