Service industry sees off Corinthians
Corinthians and YMCA both saw their Irish Senior Cup hopes perish at the first hurdle in Belfast.
Munster teams also found the going tough as UCC lost on the road to Lisnagarvey and Bandon were beaten by UCD.
Corinthians were eliminated by the odd goal in three in a tight contest at Stormont by NICS -- despite having the ball in the net four times.
Davy Carson claimed the only one of the four that counted, while Allister Campbell and Noel McBride were on the mark for Service.
YMCA coach Ger Butler watched his team give a bafflingly insipid first-half performance at Carryduff against Annadale.
YM perked up after the break and were still in the hunt with a few minutes to go as Marcus Richardson pegged the Belfast lads back to 2-1 before a couple of slick breaks by 'Dale gave a flattering look to the final scoreline.
Newly-promoted South Antrim were clobbered 11-2 by Railway Union. Rob Abbott helped himself to four in the Park Avenue rout, with five other players joining in the goal-fest for the home team.
Beaten finalists in three of the past four seasons, Monkstown showed no diminished appetite for cup fare as they won an occasionally tetchy tie with Fingal 4-1, thanks to an Andrew Ward hat-trick.
Their reward is a second-round home match against Pembroke Wanderers, who made light of the Clontarf challenge as they hit seven without reply at Serpentine Avenue.
Also through to the second round (November 12) are Instonians and Belfast Harlequins.