Cliftonville Academy may have been promoted to the NCU Premier League but they will still be massive underdogs when they play their first match in the Challenge Cup this year.

They were last night drawn at home to holders CIYMS in one of three all Premier League second round ties. Last seasonís beaten finalists North Down must also travel to top flight opposition in Instonians while Woodvale host Carrickfergus.

There are four first round games between the eight lowest ranked teams based on last yearís league positions but only the winners of Lurgan and Dundrum will have a home tie in the second round, against Derriaghy.

Premier League champions Waringstown, who were kicked out of last yearís competition, for fielding an ineligible player against Derriaghy, start with a home game against Armagh.

First round draw: A. Lurgan v Dundrum, B. Saintfield v Muckamore, C. Ballymena v Templepatrick, D. Donaghcloney Mill v Bangor.
Second round: Woodvale v Carrickfergus, Lisburn v D.; Cliftonville Academy v CIYMS, Civil Service North v C., A. v Derriaghy, Instonians v North Down, Cregagh v B., Waringstown v Armagh.

This yearís Women's Challenge Cup has been divided into two groups to produce the two finalists. North Down, Muckamore and Carrickfergus are in Group A with holders Civil Service North, Lurgan and Waringtown playing each other in a robin-robin in Group B.