Just a week after Donemana were banned from playing at home in the Irish Senior Cup until 2013, the Northern Bank Senior Cup holders have been drawn away in the first round of next year’s North West competition.
At least this one should be a pretty painless trip, to Drummond who had only two teams below them in Senior League two last season. It is also a repeat of last year’s first round match at the Holm when the margin was 203 runs.
Donemana are one of six top flight teams who must travel for their first round tie.
Match of the round should be at Magheramason where last year’s beaten finalists Bready host joint league champions Limavady with Strabane, the team they shared the title with, also facing a tricky away game against Fox Lodge.
Brigade were also drawn away but they just have to nip down the Limavady Road to play Glendermott. Newly promoted St Johnston will be on their travels, probably to Ardmore, the team they pipped for promotion last season while cup final hosts Eglinton must await the result of the preliminary round game between Bonds Glen and Killyclooney to find their first round destination.
In a remarkable coincidence, The Nedd and Sion Mills meet for the second successive year in the preliminary round with the winners facing Killymallaght, just as they did last season.
North West Senior Cup first round draw: Drummond v Donemana, Bonds Glen or Killyclooney v Eglinton, Glendermott v Brigade, Killymallaght v The Nedd or Sion Mills, Bready v Limavady, Fox Lodge v Strabane, North Fermanagh or Ardmore v St Johnston, Burndennett or Creevedonnell v Coleraine.