The Ulster Elks will attempt to reverse their recent Premier League defeat by Lurgan when the sides meet in the quarter finals of the Irish Senior Cup at Jordanstown on Saturday.
So at least one Ulster team is certain of a place in the last four while Ballymoney start as underdogs against crack Dublin side Railway Union in the other tie at the Joey Dunlop Centre.
Elks coach Ricky Lee is wary of Lurgan for obvious reasons and would have preferred southern opposition but realises that if things go to plan that could well be the outcome in the last four draw.
“We are thoroughly looking forward to turning our attention to the Irish Senior Cup this weekend and taking our mind off the league,” he said.
“It is one of the worlds oldest hockey competitions and in my opinion is Ireland’s top club competition and with the finals being televised on RTE in recent seasons it certainly motivates the players.
“The only downside is that yet again we are drawn against an Ulster team, who we have already played twice this season. In the previous round we played Lisnagarvey who we have played four times this year.
“From an Ulster point of view it’s not great that it confirms that at least one ulster team definitely won’t progress, from our own point of view we would obviously like a change.
“Perhaps if we were to reach the semi-finals we would be drawn against one of our southern counterparts.
“However, Lurgan will be a tough team to beat and following their 3-0 beating of us just a couple of weekends ago at Jordanstown I’m sure they are pegged as favourites,” he added.
“We know a lot about each other from those domestic encounters and I’m sure it will be a closely fought encounter that could see extra time.”
In the other tie Ballymoney will be hoping to cast off their indifferent domestic form when they tackle Railway.
“It’s been a bit of a struggle this season with losing so many players and we are just looking forward to a break from the league to be honest,” said Money defender Aine Kearney.
“They will be favourites for sure but I know for a fact they don’t like playing us up here and we will just give it our best shot without any pressure.”
There is also one Premier League game down for decision as Pegasus take on Randalstown in Antrim.