Weather may benefit Leinster sides
Ian Callender (Irish Independent)
THREE of the Leinster sides left in the Irish Senior Cup will be hoping the poor weather forecast for tomorrow proves accurate as it will give them home advantage in any rearrangement next Sunday.
North County, YMCA and Phoenix all head north tomorrow for their quarter-final ties against NCU opponents, and none will start favourite.
Phoenix are the team with the best league form and they will be boosted by the absence of Instonians professional Rusty Theron who must serve a one-match ban for an incident in the previous round against Pembroke.
YMCA can already look forward to one Senior Cup final but they must do without Sean Terry, on Ireland duty, to get past CIYMS, and North County have the hardest task of all, against holders Waringstown.
Merrion, even without internationals Tyrone Kane and John Anderson, should maintain their impressive record in the Irish Cup with victory against Derriaghy but will be just as keen to get their league campaign back on track today.
Beaten by a Kevin O'Brien-inspired Railway Union in midweek, they host North County, just four points behind them, today while YM are now also under pressure at the bottom ahead of their home game against The Hills.
Without O'Brien, Railway will find it much more difficult when they travel to league leaders Pembroke while the big match of the day sees third place Phoenix host Clontarf, the team immediately above them.