Irish Cup 2nd Round Preview
14 June 2002

Limavady v Eglinton
The all North West clash sees Limavady who have the won the competition twice take on Eglinton who have never reached the final stages of this competition in all its various forms. The home side were given a free passage after NCU side Woodvale were unable to field in the last round. Limavady are in fine form at the moment defeating arch rivals Brigade in the league last Saturday. Ireland International Richard McDaid (right) impressed with a whirlwind 82 and also took 3 wickets. Des Curry has been showing signs of returning to his best and that can only spell trouble for Eglinton. Roger Kerr and Keith Burns have been bowling well and will be looking to take early wickets. Eglinton produced the result of the round when they shocked NCU kingpins North Down to win convincingly. The team all performed well that day with Karl O'Doherty and Johnny Gardiner giving them a solid platform from which Stephen Smyth and Nigel Thompson were able to build. Richard Wylie then bowled superbly to lead them to victory. Limavady will begin favourites but can expect a real battle from Eglinton.

North County v Donemana
Donemana, winners in 2000 have been landed with a particularly tough tie away to the holders North County in Dublin. In the last round North County eliminated Strabane and are a side packed full of talent. They have Paul and John Mooney as well as Conor Armstrong who are all internationals, and Joe Murphy who won the man of the match in the last round. Their main star Andre Botha is due back from injury and if he plays it will be a real boost to the Dublin men. Donemana were successful in the last round at Clontarf, and currently share the lead in the league with Limavady. Andrew Riddles showed his undoubted potential with a superb unbeaten 70 in the Regional Challenge game and indeed the side is packed with youthful talent. There can be no doubt however that the real spine of the team is provided by the McBrine brothers who have been both in fine form recently. The whole team will need to be at their very best if they are to get a result against a very talented North County side.

Waringstown v Brigade
Both of these sides have won the competition twice before and have impressive track records. Waringstown won against Railway Union in the last round in a high scoring game and have a side packed full of experienced players. Garfield Harrison and Alan Waite have been around for a long time and still are very capable performers. Their bowlers let them down in the NCU Senior Cup last weekend when they were heavily defeated by North Down. Brigade were very disappointed to lose to Limavady at the weekend and will be hoping to bounce back from that disappointment. They looked well on target for a score of 250 thanks to a flying start from John Browne but the middle order lost their way in the last 20 overs and they fell well short. Graeme Moore didnšt bowl because of a slight hamstring problem, but should be fit for this tie. Mark Simpson and Gordon Cooke are both bowling well and should lead their side to victory here.