Lisnagarvey are clear favourites to land an Anderson Cup semi-final slot ... but it could any three of five joining them in the hat.
Garvey's 8-3 success against Civil Service on Saturday at Hillsborough leaves them five points ahead of Bangor and Kilkeel in Pool B at the halfway stage of the programme, a lead which they are unlikely to lose.
Chris Gregg, Johnny Bloomfield and Kevin Lunn each bagged two goals with Ben Toland and Cameron Black getting the others for Garvey, while David Smyington (2) and Francis Brown scored for Service.
Bangor missed a great chance to come through as the second team in the pool when they were held to a 2-2 home draw by Kilkeel, after tanking them in the league last week.
The Seasiders missed the influence of Michael Harte and Simon Hunter and now the two remain neck and neck.
But Pool A is a different kettle of fish - Annadale, Instonians and Banbridge are lying level on points.
Which two goes through is anybody's guess.
Inst, strengthened by the inlusion of three of their cross-channel students home on Christmas leave - Irish internationals Mark Gleghorne and Michael Watt, and Mark's younger brother Paul - looked good against holders Banbridge at Shaw's Bridge and crept back into contention with a two-goal strike from Chris Kirk, with Watt getting the first.
Annadale's 4-2 success over Cookstown came as a result of hat-trick hero Ian Hamilton who has now taken his season's tally to a remarkable 34.
Steven Redpath scored the other with Cookstown's goals coming from Ivan Steen and Stephen Cuddy.
Only one Senior One survived the weather, with Raphoe beating Queen's 6-2.