BIG TWO KEPT APART IN WOMEN’S CUP SEMI-FINAL

A dream final of Fox Lodge and Bready is still on the cards after both sides were kept apart in Tuesday’s semi-final draw. Bready travel to Killyclooney, while Fox Lodge, winners of the trophy for the last three years face a long journey to Coleraine, who have impressed many in their debut season.

It’s a tough draw, but one Fox Lodge skipper Mollie Devine is relishing. “Foxies ladies are aiming for a fourth cup triumph in a row after an impressive run in the competition,” said Devine.

“This year we just missed out on the league which was disappointing after such a strong campaign. Our attention was instantly moved to the cup, which we all really enjoy playing in. When it comes to the ladies cup we always stand up for the occasion.

“In the first round we had a good match with Strabane Saints but came out on top with solid performances from some key players, including Emma Allen, Hannah McLaughlin, and myself.

“We have been drawn away to Coleraine who are playing in the competition for the first time but we know how they can play and are having a very impressive first season.

“We’re really hoping to push on and make the final again as it’s always our season’s top target. We know it’s going to be tough with some strong teams left, but we will be giving it our all to try and bring silverware back to Ballymagorry.”

The semi-finals take place this coming Monday, with the final likely to be held on Friday week.

Both Fox Lodge and Bready are scheduled to be in action on Sunday in a new Ulster Cup competition, with Bready hosting CSNI, while Fox Lodge are still awaiting to see if they are on the road to either Lurgan or North Down, whose match was postponed at the weekend.