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Villagers can avail of home comforts in Senior Cup

By Ian Callender

Waringstown will have home advantage after all in the second round of the Irish Senior Cup tomorrow after Co Galway failed to find a ground in Dublin and agreed to travel to The Lawn.

Galway's artificial pitch is out of bounds in the competition but their three Terenure players are not, so with the Leinster club pulling out of the competition without playing a game - in protest at not being allowed to play on their home mat - professional Ben Speake, Conor Mullan and Subramanya Ramnathpur are all expected to be in action against Lee Nelson's men.

There is only one other Irish Cup game in Northern Ireland - the all-NCU clash between Lisburn and Civil Service North - because the draw has sent Muckamore to Rathmines to face Leinster and the three surviving North West clubs must also head to Dublin and surrounds.

Strabane appear to have the most difficult game, against Leinster Cup holders Clontarf, Bready go to North County, weakened by the exit of Ireland international John Mooney but who knocked out Donemana in the first round, and Ardmore are at Pembroke.

Waringstown and Lisburn are first in Twenty20 cup action tonight as the NCU's competition completes the group stage. The Villagers' game against CIYMS at The Lawn will decide who tops Group B - both teams are already through to finals day - but if Carrickfergus beat Lisburn at Wallace Park then it will come down to run-rate for the second place in Group A with the losers of the game at The Green between North Down and Instonians.

The weekend action is completed by day one of the return inter-provincial championship game between the Northern Knights and the North West Warriors at Eglinton. The Knights are unchanged from last week's draw at Downpatrick, while the home side have had to make one change with Gary McClintock unavailable. He is replaced by Strabane's Aaron Gillespie.

Weekend fixtures, Tonight (6.15pm) Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup: Lisburn v Carrickfergus, North Down v Instonians, Ballymena v Civil Service North, Waringstown v CIYMS

Tomorrow, Irish Senior Cup (12.30pm): Lisburn v Civil Service North, Waringstown v Co Galway, Clontarf v Strabane, Leinster v Muckamore, North County v Bready, Pembroke v Ardmore, YMCA v Merrion, Malahide v The Hills

Ulster Bank Premier League (12.00): North Down v CIYMS

Section One (1.00pm): Woodvale v Templepatrick

Section Two: Armagh v Dundrum, BISC v Victoria, Drumaness v Laurelvale (12.00), Saintfield v Larne. Sunday: Dundrum v Larne.

Section Three: Ards v Monaghan, Cooke Collegians v Newforge, Dungannon v Dunmurry, Millpark v Donaghadee.

Sunday: Millpark v Ards (T20)

Long's SuperValu Championship: Bonds Glen v Glendermott, Newbuildings v Creevedonnell

Sunday, Inter-pro Championship (11am): North West Warriors v Northern Knights

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