Cregagh dreaming of cup glory
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
CREGAGH have been given the best chance of preventing a clean sweep of Premier League sides reaching the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup with a home draw in the last eight.
The NCU Section One side will play Instonians on Sunday week, a repeat of the first round game between the teams in 2018.
Instonians won that game by nine wickets but Cregagh spent that year avoiding relegation from the second tier while the Shaw’s Bridge side enjoyed a top half finish in the Premier League. This year, Cregagh have won seven of their first nine league games while Instonians only claimed their first top flight victory on Sunday.
Derriaghy, the Section One leaders, were not so lucky in the draw after being handed a quarter-final place because Waringstown had fielded an ineligible player in their first round victory at Queensway on Saturday; they will be away to high-flying Civil Service North.
Holders CIYMS have been drawn away to Woodvale and Lisburn are at home to North Down in the two all-Premiership ties, ironically both clashing the weekend before their first league meetings of the season.
Challenge Cup quarter-finals: Civil Service North v Derriaghy, Woodvale v CIYMS, Cregagh v Instonians, Lisburn v North Down.
Games on Sunday July 18.