IT WAS always going to be a big ask given the extremely difficult draw for local sides in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup first round, but it will still be considered a disappointing return that just three of the original 10 were left standing on Saturday evening.
Worse still was the news that two of them, Coleraine and Donemana were then paired together in the second round while Brigade’s reward for seeing off Carrickfergus was a home time against Waringstown, the side that beat them last season en route to winning the trophy outright.
Conversely there were some magnificent performances from local teams in the new RSA National Cup, the All-Ireland tournament for second tier clubs, most notably Newbuildings who were only invited into the competition to replace The Nedd.
And Chris Cooper’s men saw off Malahide no less, former winners of the Senior trophy, while Burndennett were also to the fore as a Stephen McCay century saw them thump Donaghcloney by 10 wickets.
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