Annadale and YMCA looks the pick of the first round ties in the men’s Irish Senior Cup following the draw made on Wednesday afternoon.
It was the sole all-IHL tie to be drawn from the hat as six of the sides involved in the country’ premier competition received byes to round two including ISC holders Cookstown, IHL champs Banbridge as well as 2010 cup winners Glenanne.
Corinthian face a tricky tie at the refurbished Stormont against NICS while there are a pair of Dublin derbies – Monkstown facing Fingal while Pembroke host newly promoted Clontarf.
Railway welcome Irish Hockey Trophy champions South Antrim – who have taken up the option to play in the ISC as a result – and UCD are on the road south to West Cork to face Bandon.
On the women’s side, all three provincial champions have picked up byes with Hermes, Ballymoney and Catholic Institute already in the round two draw.
It leaves Bray with a mammoth task of upsetting double winning Pegasus on the Co Wicklow coast while only one other tie will take place in Leinster as Pembroke is set for a double-header, their women playing Old Alex at Serpentine Avenue.
Four university sides will take to the road, UCD going to Cork Harlequins in the most eye-catching affair with Trinity’s road trip to Ards possibly a well-balanced affair. Loreto are at Irish Hockey Trophy winners Lisnagarvey while Corinthian, Glenanne and Railway Union are other bye recipients.
Men’s Irish Senior Cup draw
Round One (October 8): Bandon v UCD; NICS v Corinthian; Railway Union v South Antrim; Belfast Harlequins v Kilkeel; Lisnagarvey v UCC; Instonians v North Down; Annadale v YMCA; Monkstown v Fingal; Pembroke Wanderers v Clontarf Byes: Cork Church of Ireland, Cork Harlequins, Banbridge, Cookstown, Mossley, Glenanne, Three Rock Rovers
ESB Electric Ireland Women’s Irish Senior Cup
Round One (October 8): Cork Harlequins v UCD; Lurgan v Ulster Elks; Bray v Pegasus; Ards v Dublin University; Lisnagarvey v Loreto; Queen’s University v Randalstown; Pembroke Wanderers v Old Alexandra; Armagh v UCC Byes: Ballymoney, Belfast Harlequins, Portadown, Catholic Institute, Corinthian, Glenanne, Hermes, Railway Union.
4 Responses to “YM and Annadale pick of ISC first round ties”
August 5, 2011 8:50 am Confused says
South Antrim aren’t in the Premier league, they lost the Play Offs last season. Unless the Ulster Branch have decided to make the Premier League an eleven team league, I don’t see how South got in to the ISC draw. Can someone explain!?
August 5, 2011 9:09 am Stephen Findlater says
@confused – Apologies for the error, I’ve corrected this now. As Irish Hockey Trophy winners, they have the option to take up an ISC place. Suttonians, as runners-up a year earlier to NICS, also took up this option for last season.
August 5, 2011 9:29 am Confused says
Stephen, Cheers for clearing that up. I didn’t know the Trophy winners (and or runner-up) had that option. You learn something new every day.
August 5, 2011 11:32 am AG says
My club, UCC, have taken up the same option having been runners up last year. I believe we can also compete in the IHT again this year, but not sure about whether South can, presume so given they are not a premier league side?
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