Bye in Irish Cup for Bann

BANBRIDGE have been handed a bye in the first round of hockey’s Irish Senior Cup.

The draw for round 1 of the competition was made on Saturday September 15in Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club, Dublin.

The locals will find out who they will face in round two after the first set of fixtures are completed, which is due to take place on October 13.

Also receiving byes are Avoca, Cookstown, Instonians, Lisnagarvey, Monkstown, NICS, Railway Union and UCC.

Meanwhile Bann host Lisnagarvey in their final group A game in the Kirk Cup.

Garvey have already reached the semi finals of the competition after being Instonians 3-2 in a bad tempered game at Shaw’s Bridge.

Bann must win to ensure that they join them in the last four, while an Inst win over Mossley could provide a bit of a sweat for Mark Tumilty’s men.

The locals will also be more refreshed than their opponents, having had a week off thanks to the way the cup fixtures worked out for them.

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