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Dunbarton march into cup final as Belmont’s season hits the buffers

Dunbarton's Jack Moffett

Dunbarton's Jack Moffett

Belmont’s season finally hit the buffers in a dramatic 48 hour period when they crashed out of two cup competitions.

The Belfast side lost to Ballymena in the final of the Private Greens League Senior Cup final on Thursday night and their woes continued at Pickie Bowls Club on Saturday when they were dumped out of the IBA Senior Cup by high-flying Dunbarton.

Even though they are still clinging to the tails of the Gilford boys at the top of the PGL’s Division One table, Belmont’s chances of claiming their first title success since 2003 are remote.

They currently trail by only half-a-point, but Dunbarton have a ‘match in hand’ which could be the crucial factor, especially with games running out. Belmont also face a difficult trip to Ballymena before the end of the campaign.

“We’ve had better weekends,” said Belmont’s Davy Hamilton.

“It was a case of so near yet so far in the PGL cup final as only nine shots separated the teams at the final.

“We’d won it for the post two years, so that made it even more difficult to stomach.

“The IBA semi final was also a tight affair, that could have gone either way. Dunbarton won by only five shots, so that tells its own story.

“Last week we were in the running for three trophies, now we’re down to just one, but the reality is Dunbarton are in the box seat to lift the league title.”

It was Andrew Hughes’ 21-12 win over Stuart Bennett tilted the tie in favour of the Gilford boys in the IBA semi. Conor McCartan also made a vital contribution by beating Roy Battersby 17-12.

Belmont hit back through Terry Crawford and Robin Horner, who defeated DJ Wilson (22-17) and Myles Greenfield (21-17).

In the PGL cup final against Ballymena, Jim Baker’s 24-10 victory over Battersby was the telling factor. Horner and Crawford replied with wins against Nigel Robinson (23-20) and Andy Duncan (27-28), but Stephen Coleman eased the Sky Blues over the line by beating Stuart Bennett 21-14.

Belmont will now attempt to pick up the pieces at home to Pickie tonight, but Dunbarton can really take a stranglehold of the trophy this week as they travel to Ewarts and then to Old Bleach on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Bangor got their hands on the NIBA Division One trophy following their 78-66 win over Donaghadee at Ward Park.

It meant the Seasiders had completed a league and cup double for the second successive year. Mark Shannon was the pick of the Bangor skips. He enjoyed a whopping 32-11 victory over David Ball.

Gary Scott battled out a 21-15 win over Tommy Cheevers.

Donaghadee hit back through Darren Erskine, the former Ards and Linfield footballer, who defeated Robert Hastings 25-19, while Chris Dorman grabbed a share of the spoils (15-15) with Simon Martin.

Results: IBA Senior Cup semi final: Belmont 67 Dunbarton 72.

IBA Junior Cup final: Coleraine 70 Limavady 99.

PGL Senior Division One: Old Bleach 116 (6.6) Ewarts 56 (0.5), Ballymena 97 (0) Falls 60 (0), Forth River 68 (1) Larne 71 (6), Willowfield 80 (5) Ulster Transport 79 (2).

Division Two: Comber 81 (3) Salisbury 82 (4), Mossley 96 (5.5) Hilden 64 (1.5), Belmont Park (2) Ballywalter (5), NICS 93 (6) Cliftonville 73 (1), Castleton 95 (6) Shorts 60 (1).

Division Three: Knock 85 (3) Ballymena Park 83 (2), Gallaher 77 (5.5) Shaftesbury 63 (1.5).

Private Greens League Junior division One: Falls 49 (0) Ballymena 131 (7), Ulster Transport 58 (0.5) Downpatrick 92 (6.5), Dunbarton 70 (2) Old Bleach 77 (5), Larne 66 (2) Mossley 74 (5).

Division Two: Cavehill (4.5) Belmont Park (2.5), Cliftonville (0.5) Willowfield (6.5) Ewarts 84 (6) Comber 77 (1).

NIBA Division One: Whitehead 68 (5) Lisnagarvey 67 (2), Portadown 73 (2) Castle 93 (5), Bangor 78 (5.5) Donaghadee 66 (1.5), Banbridge 99 (5) Dundonald 67 (2), Balmoral 87 (4) Divis 82 (3).

Division Two: Dungannon 69 (1) Dromore 95 (6), Carrick 90 (6) Whitehead B 70 (1), Lurgan 108 (7) Balmoral B 58 (0), Londonderry Park 94 (6) Sydenham 73 (0).

Division Three: Ulster Maple Leaf 58 (1) Carrick B 76 (6), Markethill 109 (7) Cloughey 54 (0), Bessbrook 81 (6) Musgrave 51 (1).

Division Four: North Down 89 (7) Queen’s Island 60 (0), Finaghy 78 (5) Holywood 75 (2), Lisnagarvey B 111 (7) Glengormley 59 (0).

Division Five: Newry 89 (7) Lurgan B 58 (0), Dromore B (7) Rathfriland B (0), Warrenpoint 62 (2) Portadown B 81 (5).

Division Six: Donaghadee B 111 (7) McQuistion Memorial 58 (0), Windsor 73 (1) 9th Old Boys 82 (6), Castle B 104 (7) Ballynafeigh 43 (0), Curran B (7) Musgrave B (0).

Provincial Senior League: City of Derry 49 (0) Ballymoney 89 (7), Ballycastle 63 (1) Dunluce 75 (6), Kilrea 64 (2) Portglenone 86 (5), Portrush 41(0) Cookstown 78 (7), Ballycastle 43 (0) Coleraine 93 (7).

 

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