ALL roads lead to Stormont on Saturday for the Irish Cup final between two familiar foes. Waringstown defend the trophy against Merrion the team they defeated in 2015 but lost to the following year.

After the Villagers’ All-Ireland Twenty20 victory last weekend and the likelihood that they will have to surrender their Premier League title this season, captain Greg Thompson described the September 1 fixture as the “big one”, the game that decides the best club team in Ireland.

Waringstown are rightly proud that they are the first team in the competition’s 37-year history to reach four successive finals and if they win on Saturday they will be only the second team to retrain the trophy, after North County won it for the fourth and fifth time in 2007 and 2008. Waringstown can also set a record of six Irish Cup wins.