Monday 18 December 2017

Mooney key to North County chances

Leinster clubs have the chance to provide all four semi-finalists in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup as they have home advantage in all but one of today's quarter-finals.

John Mooney's North County, five-times winners of the competition, face the most difficult task, drawn away to holders Waringstown.

Runs have been hard to come by for the Balrothery outfit, who have only Terenure below them in the league, with just Ireland star Mooney and Adam Coughlan showing any consistency with the bat.

The attack looks good, with the two all-rounders backed up by Shane Getkate and Eddie Richardson, but they must make early inroads against a Waringstown line-up that boasts Ireland's most capped player Kyle McCallan, the in-form Lee Nelson and James Hall, plus dangerous professional Glenn Addicott.

Captain Mooney will need to be at his best

One Leinster team is sure to be in the last four following the meeting at Claremont Road between competition favourites YMCA and The Hills.

Railway Union and Merrion, although immediately above North County in the league table, have a favourites' chance against Donemana -- who invariably suffer from travel sickness -- and Civil Service North, respectively. The NCU side, however, have unearthed a big-hitting overseas star in Griffin Nieuwoudt and Merrion will need to dismiss him early.

The National Cup quarter-finals are also down for decision, with one of Co Galway and Balbriggan assured of a place in the last four.

Fixtures (12.30) -- Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals: Waringstown v North County, Merrion v Civil Service North, Railway Union v Donemana OFF, YMCA v The Hills.

National Cup: Muckamore v Drummond, Sion Mills v Civil Service, Rush v St Johnston, Co Galway v Balbriggan.

Irish Independent

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