Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Ulster pair are out of Senior Cup

Three teams, including one from Ulster, will go into the hat for the draw for the Irish Senior Cup second round without having to hit a ball in anger.

They have each been awarded victories after their opponents declined to travel.

Cookstown and Priorians were both drawn against Cork opposition in the shape of Bandon and Ashton, but both opted out of the trip.

Taking the bad look of Ulster, another Cork side Belvedere have also declined to travel for their scheduled encounter with Omagh.

Part of the beauty of the Irish Senior Cup is the chance to play against different opposition, sadly, as far as these three teams are concerned, that won't be happening this year.

Meanwhile Lurgan will be attempting to eradicate some fundamental mistakes when they take on Railway Union in one of many cross-border ties.

Lurgan coach Ivor Lennon was disappointed at the way his side capitulated in losing 4-0 to Ballymoney at the weekend.

Looking at the other ties it's a mixed bag as far as the Ulster contingent is concerned.

Ballymena have an even money chance against the students of UCD, but both Pembroke Wanderers and Trinity should be too strong for Portadown and Greenisland respectively.

Lisnagarvey a good chance of progressing against Genesis as do Belfast Harlequins who travel to play Catholic Institute.

Saturdays Fixtures: ESB Irish Senior Cup, first round: Ballymena v UCD (Ballymena 2.30pm); Pembroke v Portadown (Dublin 2.00pm); Trinity v Greenisland (Dublin 2.45pm); UCC v UL (Cork 1.00pm); Genesis v Lisnagarvey (Dublin 2.30pm); Catholic Institute v Belfast Harlequins (Limerick 2.30pm); North Down v Corinthian (Comber LC 1.00pm); Civil Service v Knock (Stormont 2.30pm); Three Rock Rovers v Ards (Dublin 1.00pm); Lurgan v Railway Union (Craigavon LC 2.30pm).

Premier League: Armagh v Victorians (Ardmore 4.00pm).

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