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Chris Barnes is back to where it all started having moved to Instonians from Civil Service and he's looking forward to the move which he hopes will see the Belfast side secure promotion to the EYHL or an Ulster title at least.

Barnes is the season's leading scorer so far with 24 goals to his name and will line out for his new - or not so new - club in Saturday's Ulster Premier League game with Antrim.

Instonians are just two points behind leaders Bangor with a game in hand and now have a deadly penalty-corner pairing in William Robinson and Barnes.

"It's my third spell at Inst and the other two were good with trophies won so I'm hoping in the third spell at the club, I can help the team and win a league medal." he said.

"I've never won a league title before so, hopefully, I can put that right and also continue to score a few goals, having done that for both Service and Inst in the past." 

Kilkeel, who were beaten by Bangor last week, will be hoping to bounce back when they host Co Down rivals Newry. Cliftonville, who have yet to win this season,will find it tough to get off the mark when they take on South Antrim, who ran Pembroke so close in the Irish Cup last week.

The knock-out competition continues tomorrow when Pembroke travel north again to face Mossley in the third round. Three second round games are also scheduled with Lisnagarvey favourites to see off EYHL rivals Railway Union.

However, Queen's will find it tough against national league leaders Glenanne as will Cookstown, who travel to Dublin to face grand champions Three Rock Rovers.

Bangor, meanwhile, have retribution on their minds as they prepare to face an Irish Hockey Trophy rematch with the Portadown side that inflicted their only loss of the league campaign to date. North Down will fancy their chances of repeating last week's league win over Raphoe in the Trophy while Civil Service should have too much for Kilkenny even without Barnes.

In the women's Ulster Premier League, the stand-out fixture on Saturday is the meeting of leaders Ballymoney and second-placed Dungannon. Dungannon have signed ace goal scorer Leanne Cassells from Portadown and she is set to make her debut in the game at the Joey Dunlop Centre.

The game between Queen's and North Down has been postponed due to Irish training while there's an important game at the bottom with basement side Portadown taking on Banbridge. Ulster Elks host Rainey this evening (Friday) at UUJ. 

In Senior One, leaders Lisnagarvey make the long trip to Raphoe as they bid to make it 17 wins on the bounce in domestic hockey for the season while second-placed Ballymena go to Priorians.


MEN
ISC R2

Queen’s v Glenanne 2.30pm @ The Dub
TRR v Cookstown 3.00pm @ Grange Road
Lisnagarvey v Railway 3.00pm @ Comber Road

ISC R3
Mossley v Pembroke 2.30pm @ The Glade

IHT R2
NICS v Kilkenny 2.30pm @ Stormont
North Down v Raphoe 2.40pm @ Comber LC
Portadown v Bangor 1.00pm @ Edenvilla

Premier
Cliftonville v South Antrim 2.30pm @ CIYMS
Instonians v Antrim 2.30pm @ Shaw’s Bridge
Kilkeel v Newry 2.30pm @ Kilkeel


WOMEN
Premier

Ulster Elks v Rainey Friday 12th January 8.00pm @ UUJ
Ballymoney v Dungannon 2.30pm @ Joey Dunlop LC
Portadown v Banbridge 2.30pm @ Edenvilla

Senior 1
Omagh v Knock Friday 12th January 7.45pm @ Omagh HS
Armagh v CI 2.30pm @ Ardmore
Priorians v Ballymena 2.30pm @ St Columb’s Park
Raphoe v Lisnagarvey 1.00pm @ Royal & Prior
Victorians v Ballyclare 4.00pm @ The Dub



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