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Donemana face away trip at Strabane.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Donemana face away trip at Strabane. thumbnail Donemana, 2017 Senior Cup champions.

HOLDERS Donemana have been given an away draw at Tyrone rivals Strabane in one of two all-Premier clashes in the opening round of the 2018 NW Senior Cup.

Donemana will be attempting to win the trophy for a record-breaking 7th consecutive time, but face at a tricky challenge at newly promoted Strabane who last won the cup back in 1993 - the Terence Patton/Tony Johnson final.

Bready, the last team to beat Donemana back in the 2011 final take on Coleraine in the other all-Premier clash.

Ballyspallen, last season's beaten finalists have an away day at Glendermott, who won the trophy for the only time in 2005.

There's an other all-Tyrone derby as Burndennett entertain Fox Lodge - both sides hoping to make their first appearance in the two-day showpiece decider.

2006 winners Eglinton have home advantage over Championship side Killyclooney, while 1994 winners Ardmore also face Championship opposition in the form of nearby Bonds Glen.

The North-West's newest side Newbuildings face Drummond, while the final tie sees St Johnston, who won the competition three times between 1975 and 1982, take on Brigade, whose last victory came in 2010.

The contest will no doubt evoke memories of the 1987 Irish Senior Cup final, when the Donegal side shocked their opponents with a seven-wicket win to become the first NW team to win the competition.

No dates have been set for the opening round of the 2018 competition.

NW Senior Cup first round:

Glendermott v Ballyspallen;
Bready v Coleraine;
Burndennett v Fox Lodge;
Eglinton v Killyclooney;
Ardmore v Bonds Glen;
Newbuildings v Drummond;
Strabane v Donemana;
St Johnston v Brigade

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