The draw for this season’s Women’s All-Ireland Cup competition has been made, with the first round of games kicking off on Sunday, January 13.
Cup holders Railway Union, along with Old Belvedere and UL Bohemians, have a bye into the second round but two of them will square off at that stage in a repeat of last season’s final which saw Railway blast their way past UL Bohs.
Round 1 kicks off with Ballynahinch having home advantage against St. Mary’s, who are currently bottom of the Women’s All-Ireland League but are improving with each game.
Suttonians will be at home to Wayne Kelly’s Cooke side, while Blackrock, who won the All-Ireland Plate title last season, face a trip to Shannon. The winners of the latter game will be pitted against Old Belvedere in round 2 a week later.
The final two fixtures in the opening round are Tralee v Galwegians and Tullow v Malone. All of the losing teams in round 1 will move into the Plate and Shield competitions.
2018/19 WOMEN’S ALL-IRELAND CUP DRAW:
ROUND 1: Sunday, January 13
Kick-off 1pm unless stated –
Ballynahinch v St. Mary’s
Suttonians v Cooke
Shannon v Blackrock
Tralee v Galwegians
Tullow v Malone
ROUND 2: Saturday, January 19
Kick-off 5pm unless stated –
Shannon/Blackrock v Old Belvedere
Tullow/Malone v Tralee/Galwegians
Ballynahinch/St. Mary’s v Suttonians/Cooke
UL Bohemians v Railway Union