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Waringstown to face Ulster rivals as they ramp up Irish Cup defence

By Ian Callender

Only one Ulster team is guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup after five of the survivors were kept apart in yesterday's second round draw.

Holders Waringstown will travel to Eglinton on Sunday for only their third Irish Cup tie in the North West since 2008 - they won the last two against Brigade - while CIYMS and Carrickfergus, who defeated North West opposition in the first round, must head south to face The Hills and Merrion, last year's beaten finalists, respectively.

Fox Lodge, the only other North West team in the last 16, have a home game against YMCA while Derriaghy's reward for knocking out Donemana is a home tie against Co Galway, who were defeated by Waringstown in their debut season last year.

Meanwhile, Ireland A, captained by Andy McBrine, start a three-day game against MCC at Bready today (11am), with the visitors including CSN skipper Andrew Cowden and Clontarf's Bill Coghlan.

Irish Cup second round draw: Instonians v Pembroke, Derriaghy v Co Galway, Fox Lodge v YMCA, Eglinton v Waringstown, Merrion v Carrickfergus, The Hills v CIYMS, North County v Malahide, Co Cork County v Phoenix. Games to be played on Sunday, May 29.

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