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Up for the Cup

TODAY sees the start of the All-Ireland Senior Cup with only two of the three Tyrone Premiership sides in action on the opening weekend.

Former winners Donemana are on their travels to Comber were they will tackle one of the NCU big guns, North Down.

It’s a tough tie for the the Holm side although they will travel full of confidence following their unbeaten start to the domestic campaign.

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Skipper Andrew Riddles was certainly upbeat ahead of the fixture and said this competition was right at the top of the club’s wish list.

“We never really need much of a team talk for big games and this is certainly one of those. Donemana have a big reputation when it comes to cup cricket and I know for me personally, this one is at the top.

“We haven’t won it since 2000 and we’re a better team than that.

“Fair enough we keep getting really tough first round draws with the likes of Merrion and Clontarf in the last few seasons and now North Down in Comber. You look at Strabane last year however and see if you can get past that, you just never know how far you can go.

“On our day we’re as good as most of these teams so if we’re on top of our game we have a live chance.”

Bready entertain Lisburn in one of the most difficult first round ties to unravel. This one could see brothers David and Robert Rankin come face-to-face, although it’s not the first time the teams have met in Inter-Union competition.

The only team guaranteed to be in the hat for Round 2 are Strabane – the Park side having been handed a bye in the opening exchanges.

Fox Lodge are another side to benefit from a bye, this time in the National Cup, while Burndennett have been forced to sit out the competition this time following their failure to fulfill a fixture in 2018.

Eddie McGettigan’s team won’t let their Saturday go to waste however, they will play both St Johnston (12:00) and then Fox Lodge (4 p.m) in the Eric Cooke T20 cup competition instead.

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