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Ulster clubs are kept apart in both sets of Irish quarter-finals

By Graham Hamilton

The four Ulster men's teams have avoided each other in the Irish Senior Cup quarter-final draw - and so too did the three women's teams in their competition.

Banbridge, Instonians, Cookstown and Mossley were kept apart in yesterday's draw made in Dublin, guaranteeing four cross-border games, with Bann and Cookstown having the best chance of going through to the semi-finals.

Bann coach Mark Tumilty is happy his team were handed home advantage against Cork C of I on Saturday, January 21, but that means the Munster men will have to make two trips to Havelock Park in a week as the rescheduled Irish Hockey League game has been pencilled in for Sunday, January 15.

Ulster Pemier League side Cookstown go to Irish Hockey League side UCD and could progress again against a student team, having already beaten Dublin University.

But Instonians and Mossley unquestionably drew the short straws.

Inst face cup holders Monkstown, although they have the advantage of being at home.

Mossley, meanwhile, must go to Corinthian in Dublin where the two provincial league sides hope to continue their run following their giantkilling acts against Railway Union and Glennane respectively in the second round.

Ballymoney were handed a home draw in the women's quarter-final and should beat IHL side Pembroke, and Ards are also at home against the strong Cork Harlequins.

But Pegasus have a tough tie in Dublin against Loreto with whom they drew 2-2 in an Irish Hockey League clash earlier this season.

Men's Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals (January 21): Banbridge v Cork C of I, UCD v Cookstown, Corinthian v Mossley, Instonians v Monkstown

Women's Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals (January 28): UCD v Monkstown, Ballymoney v Pembroke, Loreto v Pegasus, Ards v Cork Harlequins

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