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Instonians, Harlequins, Civil Service and Mossley eyeing up places in Kirk Cup semis

By Graham Hamilton

The Kirk Cup semi-finals could be dominated by Belfast clubs this season.

Instonians, Harlequins, Civil Service and Mossley are all in the frame to reach the last four with two rounds of pool games remaining.

With Ulster's big four - Banbridge, Lisnagarvey, Cookstown and Annadale - not in the competition, it has opened the way for others and the Belfast quartet are making a push for honours.

Harlequins upset the fancied Kilkeel with a 4-2 away success at the weekend, with new player/coach James Hutchinson on the mark, and a win over North Down would leave them poised to make the last four. Mossley, though, look favourites to qualify from Pool B after three straight wins. David Grenny's two-goal salvo saw Fergie Cosgrove's lads win 3-2 in Raphoe and now all depends on their showdown with Kilkeel this Saturday.

Instonians and Civil Service each made it two wins from two in Pool A and although they face each other this week, both should make it to the last four.

Instonians' Alan Patterson was the only player in the Kirk Cup to bag himself a hat-trick.

Kirk Cup Group A: Instonians 7 (A Patterson 3, J Corry 2, S Kelso 2) South Antrim 0; Newry 0 Civil Service 3 (P Johnson, A Cowden, P Grundy).

Group B: Kilkeel 2 (W Annett, J Aiken) Belfast Harlequins 4 (A Smyth, L McClelland, J Hutchinson, A Tweed); Raphoe 2 (M Leckey, G Patterson) Mossley 3 (D Grenney 2, J Robinson).

Linden Cup Group A: Queen's 9 (T Sturgeon 3, R Scott 2, C Ormanby, M Warnock, R Blair, G Leckey) Armagh 1.

Group B: PSNI 0 Bangor 11 (M McComb 4, R Burgess 3, R Tate 2, D McNulty, A Martin); Antrim 13 (R Brown 3, S McIlroy 3, J McMeekin 2, M Smyth, S Mitchell, A Gibson) Ballynahinch 0.

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