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Ulster clubs face long journeys in hunt of National Cup glory

By Ian Callender

The National Cup reaches the quarter-final stage this Sunday with extensive trips for the three surviving Ulster clubs.

Woodvale, the sole NCU team, travel to Limerick, while Newbuildings head to Co Kerry and Ballyspallen visit Laois.

e IT is an all-NCU last four in the O'Neill's Ulster Shield after the last two North West clubs fell in Sunday's quarter-finals. Home advantage proved no help to Glendermott as Ryan Haire led the way for Muckamore, hitting 132 of his side's 318 for 7. The home side were then bowled out for 215.

Fox Lodge's Ballymagorry ground was unplayable and they duly lost the bowl-out 2-0 to Bangor. In the other games, holders Woodvale were bowled out for 94 by Downpatrick who won by six wickets and Templepatrick passed Armagh's 150 with two wickets to spare.

Ulster Shield semi-final draw: Muckamore v Bangor, Templepatrick v Downpatrick. Games on Sunday July 31.

e AMONG the five Ulster players in the Ireland U19 squad to face Scotland in the North West at the end of the month is a first call-up for Waringstown's Morgan Topping. Bready's Andrew Austin, Strabane's Aaron Gillespie and the McClintock twins from Donemana all appeared at the recent World Cup finals.

Waringstown's Jack Carson has been named vice-captain of the Ireland Under-15 squad, which will also face the Scots next month in Cork.

Ireland Under-19s: J Tector (capt), R Anders, A Austin, S Doheny, A Gillespie, F Hand, J Little, G McClintock, W McClintock, H Tector, F Tucker, L Tucker, M Topping

Ireland UNDER-15s: N Rock (capt), J Carson (vice-captain), H Archer, JJ Garth, M Glass, S Jackson, S Jones, K Magee, R Malone, G Hoey, B McNamara, C Nulty, M Poskitt

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