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Familiar rivals on horizon for Waringstown

BY Ian Callender

Waringstown and Instonians, the Irish Cup finalists in 2011, are on collision course to meet in the second round of this year's competition.

The defending NCU joint Premier League champions were paired together in yesterday's draw and will clash at The Lawn if they win their first round games against Terenure and Railway Union respectively.

Instonians have the harder of the two delayed first round ties – no fewer than 10 of the 16 games failed to finish on Saturday – but they now have home advantage after their visit to Dublin proved a wash-out.

Waringstown, captained by Lee Nelson, are still waiting to hear where they will play their 'replay' against Terenure with the Dublin side hoping to play at College Park, as their own pitch cannot be used in the Irish Cup because it is an artificial surface. If Dublin University is unavailable, apparently Oak Hill, in Co Wicklow, is Terenure's second choice.

North Down have been given a home tie against Phoenix or Brigade but they may have to replay their first round game against Eglinton, which was awarded to the Comber side at halfway.

Because of computer problems, Eglinton failed to produce a Duckworth/Lewis sheet with the target score for their own chase and the umpires, as per the rules of the competition, awarded the match to North Down. The North West side, however, have appealed and that will be heard on Monday.

Arguably, the match of the round on June 8 will be at Sandel Lodge where North West league champions Coleraine will meet one of the cup favourites, YMCA, assuming the Dublin side negotiate their tie at Downpatrick.

If Glendermott shock Leinster League champions The Hills in their rematch at The Rectory there will be an all-North West clash against Bready while St Johnston could also meet Strabane, although they are still second favourites in their first round match against Civil Service North while the Red Caps must still get past Lurgan.

Fox Lodge will have a home tie against holders Clontarf if they can beat Leinster at Rathmines while there will be a titanic second round clash in Dublin if the first round action goes to form and Merrion beat Muckamore and North County win at Ardmore.

Due to last Saturday's rain, only one confirmed second round tie emerged from the draw with Cork County pitted against Pembroke.

RSA Irish Cup second round draw: Terenure or Waringstown v Instonians or Railway Union, North Down v Phoenix or Brigade, Coleraine v Downpatrick or YMCA, Merrion or Muckamore v Ardmore v North County, Leinster or Fox Lodge v Clontarf, Pembroke v Cork County, St Johnston or Civil Service North v Strabane or Lurgan, Glendermott or The Hills v Bready. Games to be played on Sunday June 8.

National Cup second round draw: Laois or Sion Mills v Ballyspallen or Malahide; Ballaghaderreen v Co Galway, Cliftonville or Bonds Glen v Balbriggan or Newbuildings, Drummond or Bangor v Carrickfergus or North Kildare, Templepatrick or Mullingar v Dundrum (LCU) or Holywood; Civil Service Dublin v Co Sligo or Limerick Raiders, Burndennett or Woodvale v Co Clare, Derriaghy or Creevedonnell v Killyclooney or Rush. Games to be played on Sunday June 8.

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