Reigning ISC champs UCD and IHL winners Loreto both picked up home ties in the quarter-final draw of the ESB Irish Senior Cup. The students face Cork Harlequins at Belfield while Loreto host the only all-Dublin tie against Pembroke.
Railway Union will hope to repeat their recent 4-1 win over Ards in the last eight, though the trip north could become a factor as the Ulster side used such an advantage well to oust UCC. Pegasus play an all-Ulster derby for the second successive round, this time going to the Joey Dunlop centre to face Ballymoney.
On the men’s side, just two Leinster side’s were gifted byes with Fingal and Glenanne going straight into the second round hat. Railway Union will hope to remaster their recent 3-3 performance against Corinthian and serve up a club classic in one of two Dublin derbies – the other being UCD and Monkstown.
YM and Three Rock both welcome southern visitors though the task for the Sandymount club looks much steeper, hosting Cork Harlequins. Rovers will need to be wary of Bandon’s threat, especially in light of their performance against Cork C of I last Friday night where they led for the majority of the tie. Clontarf travel the opposite direction with a daunting trip to Garryduff in prospect.
Pembroke’s retention hopes begin with a home fixture against Ulster strugglers Bangor while the only tie not contested by a Leinster team is Banbridge’s tie with North Down.
ESB Irish Senior Cup
Saturday, November 28 – quarter-finals
Loreto vs Pembroke Wanderers; UCD vs Cork Harlequins; Ballymoney vs Pegasus; Ards vs Railway Union
Men’s Irish Senior Cup – Round One (January 16, 2010)
YMCA vs Cork Harlequins; TRR vs Bandon; Pembroke vs Bangor; UCD vs Monkstown; Railway Union vs Corinthian; Cork C of I vs Clontarf; Banbridge vs North Down
Byes to Round Two: Glenanne, Fingal, Annadale, Instonians, Lisnagarvey, Kilkeel, Mossley, Cookstown, Raphoe