Teams across Ireland will be on the road today for the second rounds of both the RSA Irish Senior and National Cups.

In the NW, where the weather forecast is decidedly mixed, Coleraine host YMCA, Fox Lodge entertain holders Clontarf, and there's an all NW derby as Donegal side St Johnston - the first NW winners of the competition in 1987 - take on 1998 winners Strabane.

Many people's favourites Merrion - finalists in three of the last four years - entertain Ardmore, who caused a major upset in the previous round by knocking out five times winners North County.

2012 winners The Hills have home advantage over 1995 finalists Bready, who currently top the NW Premier League having enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, chiefly inspired by Irish international pace-man Craig Young. His battle with fellow international Max Sorensen could be the decisive battle of the game.

Three times winners North Down will be strong favourites against Phoenix, winners of the competition back in 1986.

Cork County, who sprang the shock of the first round by knocking out Donemana, travel to Pembroke, with genuine aspirations of upsetting the odds yet again.

Three times champions Waringstown will be strong favourites against 2006 winners Railway Union, as the Dublin form are experiencing a horrible run of form in compete contrast to the Mid-Ulster side who are on a 14 game unbeaten run.

The weather wreaked havoc with the first round of the National Cup, with many contest having to be decided by the dreaded bowl-out.

Let's hope for better fortunes today with all matters decided on the field of play.


All starts 12:30pm unless stated

  • Coleraine v YMCA
  • Fox Lodge v Clontarf
  • Merrion v Ardmore
  • North Down v Phoenix (12 o'clock)
  • Pembroke v Cork County
  • St Johnston v Strabane (12 o'clock)
  • The Hills v Bready
  • Waringstown v Railway Union


All starts 12:30pm unless stated

  • Ballaghaderreen v Co. Galway
  • Bangor v Carrickfergus
  • Civil Service Dublin v Limerick Raiders
  • Cliftonville v Newbuildings
  • Creevedonnell v Killyclooney
  • Laois v Ballyspallen
  • Mullingar v Dundrum (LCU)
  • Woodvale v Co. Clare