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Ulster sides are on collision course as they aim for last eight

By John Flack

Published 24/10/2016

On the ball: Portadown’s Leanne Cassells (left) and North Down’s Laura Clarke
On the ball: Portadown’s Leanne Cassells (left) and North Down’s Laura Clarke

Two Ulster sides are guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals of the Irish Senior Cup after yesterday's draw held at the youth inter-pros in Cork where Ulster's Under 16s captured the title.

Last year's beaten finalists Ards go to Lurgan, while Queen's will host Ballymoney in the other all-northern tie on December 3.

Pegasus, among the favourites to land the trophy, must travel to Dublin, but will be confident of overcoming Genesis.

The other two local teams have landed difficult ties with newly-promoted top-flight side Banbridge facing reigning EY IHL champions Hermes-Monkstown and Belfast Harlequins hosting their namesakes from Cork at Deramore.

Meanwhile, before the cup draw, Ulster's Under 16s went through their inter-pro campaign unbeaten as they landed the trophy.

Shirley McCay's girls went into their final match needing a win over Connacht and they achieved it in style, with goals from Erin Anderson, Nadia Benalell, Charlotte Stacey and Molly Dougan giving them a 4-0 victory.

However the Ulster U18s blew their chances of retaining the trophy following defeats by Leinster and Munster on Saturday, which had left them out of contention.

At least they finished on a high, goals from Emma Gregson, Sophie McDowell and Katie McKee securing them a 3-0 win over Connacht yesterday and third place overall.

In the Ulster Premier League Ballymoney and Queen's made it maximum points from their opening two matches by beating Raphoe and Dungannon respectively.

Irish Senior Cup second round draw: Banbridge v Hermes-Monkstown; Genesis v Pegasus; Belfast Harlequins v Cork Harlequins; Pembroke v Glenanne; Railway Union v UCD; Queen's v Ballymoney; Loreto v Trinity; Lurgan v Ards

Results: Ulster Premier League: Ballymoney 7 (N Parke, K Minihan, C Gawn, L McCurley 2, C Knipe, J Moore) Raphoe 0; Dungannon 1 (L Elliott) Queen's 3 (T Hastings 2, J Morrow); North Down 4 (K Hill 3, B Brittain) Portadown 1 (L Cassells); Senior One: Cookstown 0 CI 2 (L Ternahan, E Jordan); Ballyclare 0 Ballymena 2 (C McCracken, A Logan); Victorians 4 (R Hewitt, J Orr, E McAteer, E Conlin)

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