Randalstown coach Tim Weir last night dismissed any notion that his team have a chance of beating Pegasus in Saturday’s Irish Senior Cup second round clash at the Antrim Forum.
There was room for optimism in the Town camp after they did well to hold their Ulster rivals to a 3-2 defeat in the Irish Hockey League at the weekend.
But Weir is making the Cup holders hot favourites to progress in the rematch though there were positives from his perspective.
"I thought we played pretty well and I was extremely proud of the girls efforts." he said.
"We came back well at them and fought until the end but the weather was a bit of a leveller I think.
"The conditions were absolutely dreadful and that helped make it a closer game that it might have been in normal circumstances.
"Pegasus are a super team packed with talented individuals and I thought Kirsty McCollum was brilliant for them last Friday night. Having said all that it’s a Cup game and anything could happen but you’d have to expect them to win."
Local rivals Lurgan meet Armagh in another interesting contest. So too will be the meeting of the Ulster Elks and Lisnagarvey at Jordanstown.
Garvey are back up there again after a season in Senior One and so the game will be an intriguing barometer of where the Elks stand.
Ballymoney have struck a rich vein of form in the New Year and they should go through at the expense of Cork C of I.
Money had three goals to spare over C of I’s Munster rivals Harlequins last time out and the latter would be regarded as a superior side.
The other game involving an Ulster side sees Belfast Harlequins travel to Pembroke Wanderers where the home team might just have the edge.
Victorians and Ards meet in the Premier League.
Saturday´s fixtures - Irish Senior Cup second round: Loreto v UCD, Ulster Elks v Lisnagarvey, Railway Union v Old Alex, Corinthian v Glenanne, Randalstown v Pegasus, Lurgan v Armagh, Ballymoney v Cork C of I, Pembroke v Belfast Harlequins.
Premier League: Victorians v Ards.
Senior One: Ballymena v Greenisland, Cookstown v Ballyclare, Civil Service v Omagh, North Down v Priorians.