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CIYMS can make home advantage count in tie of round, vows Jones

 

By Ian Callender

CIYMS have an early chance of revenge in the Irish Senior Cup after being drawn against Merrion, the team who knocked them out last year, in the second round of this year's competition.

The game between the NCU Premier League champions and their Leinster counterparts is undoubtedly the match of the round on Sunday, June 16 and, much to the delight of CI skipper Nigel Jones, this time the game is at Belmont.

"I think I have played Merrion four times in the competition and every time it has been in Dublin, so it will be great to have a crack at them at home, and hopefully we can keep everyone fit to take them on with a fully available side," said Jones.

Waringstown, who as holders received a bye into the second round, will start their defence with a tricky trip to in-form Malahide, who have Ireland international Peter Chase in their side as well as the two sons of Ireland head coach Graham Ford, Matthew and Gregory, who have been scoring runs for fun again this season.

Instonians will also head south to take on Rush, and there could be an all-NCU clash at Comber if North Down defeat Donemana in their delayed first round game on Sunday, with the winners at home to Civil Service North.

Irish Senior Cup 2nd round: Pembroke v The Hills, CIYMS v Merrion, Rush v Instonians, Bready v Phoenix or Eglinton, Clontarf v Carrickfergus, North Down or Donemana v Civil Service North, Malahide v Waringstown, Leinster v Strabane.

National Cup 2nd round: North Kildare v Balbriggan, Cregagh v Derriaghy, Terenure v Downpatrick, Ardmore v Killyclooney, Limerick v Railway Union, Midleton v St Johnston, Laurelvale v Templepatrick, Ballymena v Fox Lodge. All games on Sunday, June 16.

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