YMCA and Pembroke showdown in the Dublin derby of the men’s first round of the Irish Senior Cup with the Milltown side looking to finding the scoring stick that evaded them the last time the sides met.
Pembroke won that tie 3-0 a fortnight ago but will be aware that they did concede six corners and over 60 turnovers to a YM side that were wholly frustrated.
Maurice Elliott scored twice in that tie but sat out last week’s league game with a suspected broken metatarsal which may see him miss this game. YM are without Jacques Odendaal who has returned to his homeland for his brother’s wedding, meaning a little bit of a defensive reshuffle for the Y.
They are among just four Leinster sides in action this wekeend though none of them have to leave the province.
At Newpark, Avoca have quite a few issues to cope with goalkeeper Sebastian Perciavalle out injured. With Peter Haughton not back from his strain, Rob Perason, Oisin O’Halloran and Kevin Mellott all out and Johnny Byrnes unavailable, they will have a big job of containing Munster champions Cork C of I.
Corinthian meet Newry in the battle of the reds at Whitechurch Park where the home side have an inspired new arrival in the form of Belgian Max Richard while Gordon Elliott is closing in on a return. Rob McKenna moved to New Zealand.
Newry arrive following a best ever season last year in their 103 year history with three trophies but Robbie Taylor’s side return to the Ulster Premier has been a difficult one, falling to Annadale, Instonians and Cookstown, conceding 13 times.
Elsewhere, there are a number of all-Ulster ties. Banbridge take on Co Down rivals Kilkeel without Eugene and Owen Magee who are carrying injuries but welcome back Matthew Bell and Hugh McShane.
Annadale have some welcome experience back in their young panle with Davy Smyth, Chris Jackson and Peter Bland returning and they are unbeaten to date.
But they face a really tough tie up the Comber Road against Lisnagarvey. They have had a mixed start to the campaign, losing to Banbridge and drawing with Cookstown before thumping Instonians 6-2.
For Inst, they face a long trip to Cork Harlequins but they have Mark Irwin and James Corry back in the squad and will hope for a fruitful journey. NICS and Belfast Harlequins, both without a win under their belt in the league, meet in the other game.
It’s day two of Leinster division two with Pembroke II with a few injury concerns as captain Ben Grogan and Patrick Good both picked up knocks last Saturday.
They are on in the late game at 4.30pm against YMCA after their firsts meet in the cup. Railway Union II and Corinthian II meet in the battle of the promoted sides while there is a north Dublin derby between Fingal and Clontarf.
Men’s Irish Senior Cup, first round: Avoca v Cork C of I, 1pm, Newpark; Banbridge v Kilkeel, 2.30pm, Havelock Park; Corinthian v Newry, 2.15pm, Whitechurch Park; Cork Harlequins v Instonians, 1pm, Harlequin Park; Lisnagarvey v Annadale, 2.45pm, Comber Road; NICS v Belfast Harlequins, 2.30pm, Stormont; YMCA v Pembroke, 1.30pm, Milltown
Leinster Division Two: Fingal v Clontarf, 12pm, ALSAA; Railway Union II v Corinthian II, 12.30pm, Park Avenue; Three Rock Rovers II v Kilkenny, 1pm, Grange Road; Monkstown II v Suttonians, 1.30pm, Rathdown; YMCA II v Pembroke II, 4.30pm, Milltown