UCC face arch rivals Institute

WHAT has become an enduring rivalry between UCC and Catholic Institute will take another twist tomorrow when the sides meet at Rosbrien (12.30pm).

Both have improved this term to help increase competitiveness in the Munster men’s league, and have scalped each other once each thus far. A Stephen Sweetnam hat-trick helped College take the spoils 5-2 in the reverse league encounter, but a stunning first-half salvo helped Institute win a Munster Senior Cup clash 3-1.

Bandon remain in the driving seat for Irish Hockey League wildcard qualification however, an advantage they’ll be keen augment away to Quins B on Sunday.

Cork C of I’s second string head to Newry in the second round of the men’s Irish Junior Cup, hoping for a repeat of their excellent 2-1 win over Banbridge in round one, while Bandon entertain Bangor.

There are two rearranged Irish Senior Cup ties; Cookstown’s visit to Three Rock Rovers features two sides looking to save face after IHL disappointment, Monkstown hope they won’t wake up to find Royal and Prior covered in snow, as on their last visit to Raphoe.

Cork C of I’s visit to Bandon is the highlight of the women’s programme; the hosts have shaken off a torrid start to win three games on the bounce. Third-placed C of I can’t afford to drop more points if they are to remain in the title race.

Cork Harlequins should have little difficulty dispatching UL on home turf, but Ashton’s clash with Waterford is a tougher one to call.

UCC fly the flag for Munster in the quarter-finals of the women’s ESB Irish Junior Cup, but face their toughest test so far with a long haul to lock horns with Lurgan.

Five Munster teams are in the last eight of the women’s Irish Challenge, with Fermoy fancied to progress against Tipp. Mallow, Clonmel and Limerick also feature.


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