Glenanne’s rivalry with Cookstown renews this weekend, this time in the Junior Cup after high profile battles at Coolnafranky in Co Tyrone in the Senior Cup in the past few years. Pembroke will need to be on their guard against CI to keep their incredible winning run. This game features two potential competition winners, especially after the Cork second team came so close in the Peard Cup final to toppling Harlequins A line-up.
Three Rock have been ejected from the competition – the last side to actually beat Pembroke back in September 2006 – along with Clontarf seconds.
From my understanding, Bandon and Portadown have been reinstated and will face Corinthian and Weston respectively for the right to play against Inst and Annadale for places in the round of 16, probably next weekend.
In the women’s competition, Loreto and Hermes is the biggest local clash with two of Leinster’s premier clubs face off. Glenanne have another local derby against Our Ladys while last year’s finalists Bray face a tricky encounter away to Railway.
Men’s Irish Junior Cup Saturday 26th
Banbridge II v Campbellians (Havelock Park, 2.30)
Galway v Railway Union II (Dangan, 2.00)
Cookstown II v Glenanne II (Coolnafranky, 2.30)
Pembroke II v Cork C of I II (Serpentine Avenue, 1.00)
Monkstown II v North Down II (Rathdown, 1.30)
Belfast H’Q v Armagh (Deramore, 2.30)
ESB Irish Junior Cup Saturday 26th
Loreto II v Hermes II (Beaufort, 2.15)
Belfast H’Q II v Waterford (Deramore, 1.00)
Glenanne v Our Ladys (Glenanne Park, 1.15)
Galway v Wexford (Dangan, 12.00)
Pembroke II v Armagh (Serpentine Avenue, 3.00)
Randalstown v Clontarf (Antrim, 2.30)
Suttonians v Pegasus II (Sutton Park, 2.30)
Railway Union II v Bray (Park Avenue, 1.00)