Dunbarton’s Myles Greenfield insists his team will be looking for a little slice of revenge when they roll out the welcome mat for Ballymoney in round three of the IBA Senior Cup at Gilford.
The Private Greens League team have been in impressive form this season, reflected in their victory over cup holders Coleraine at Lodge Road, a fortnight ago.
They will now plot the downfall of the team that were beaten in last season’s showpiece final at Belmont -- Ballymoney.
In fact, the Provincial boys have suffered their fair share of heartache in the tournament due to the fact it was the third time they had lost in the decider since 2110.
Ballymoney swept aside the challenge of Dunbarton 12 months ago on their way to the final . . . and that defeat still hovers ominously over the club.
“We are looking forward to the Ballymoney game,” said Dunbartin’s Myles Greenfield. “To be honest, we let ourselves down when they came to our place last season . . . they were deserved winners.
“They turned us over too easily, which wasn’t nice, especially on our own green.”
Dunbarton maintain their PGL Division One challenge last week with a convincing win over Belmont. Greenfield states it vital to keep the run going.
“We have been doing well,” he adds. “We may be nine-and-a-half points behind leaders Larne, but we have played two games less.
“It will be a tight league, with Pickie and Larne both showing good early season form.
“But we’ll be looking for further than this cup tie. To be honest, we are in a better frame of mind this time. We have sense of direction . . . a renewed hunger.
“Every one of the boys has shown real commitment this season -- something that wasn’t there last year.
We are all pulling together and that’s the way we want it to be for the rest of the campaign.
“And, we demonstrated that hunger with the win over Coleraine. Their green suited our style . . . it was pacy and we clicked right from the off.
“We led for 15 or 20 shots for most of the game.
“We finished with four rinks up, so you can’t ask for any more than that.
“The Ballymoney game will be another massive test.”
With two of the big guns crashing out last time -- Ballymena and Whitehead -- it was a real bonus day for Dunbarton.
“We can’t afford to think like that . . . there are some great teams left, including Ballymoney who have been to so many finals over the past few years.
“Should we get through this test, there will be plenty of other big challenges up ahead.”
Meanwhile, Larne will be hoping to build on their fantastic victory over Whitehead when they face little Provincial side Ballycastle at Old Glenarm Road -- a fourth round place is certainly probability rather than a possibility for the PGL boys.
And, following their jaw-dropping victory at Ballymena, Ballywalter will also have a spring in their step when they line out against NIBA Division One side Portadown at their County Town base
“It was the club’s biggest ever win,” said Ballywalter’s Davy Palmer.
“I remember beating Ballymena at our place in the league when we were in Division One, but to win on all four rinks in a cup game is unbelievable.
“I don’t think anyone would could say we didn’t deserve it. We’ll be taking nothing for granted . . . . in fact, we’ll still be underdogs.
“I played for Bangor for 18 years and I know how dangerous Portadown can be.
They may almost relegated last season, but we were only one point away from being relegated ourselves.
“We have nothing to lose . . . we’ll approach the game in a similar manner as any other match.”
Irish Senior Cup, third round: Ballywalter v Portadown, Old Bleach v Rathfriland, Dunbarton v Ballymoney, Divis v Letterkenny, Ewarts v Belmont, Banbridge v Kilrea, Bray v Portglenone, Balmoral v Bangor, Lurgan v Mossley, NICS v Cookstown, Pickie v CYM, Portrrush v Dungannon, St James’s Gate v Crumlin, Salisbury v Dundonald, Shaftesbury v Lisnagarvey, Larne v Ballycastle.
Irish Junior Cup, third round: BETS v Whitehead, Belmont v Railway Union/Shankill, CYM v Antrim, Pickie v Warrenpoint, Cloughey v Westmanstown, Coleraine v Ballymoney, Falls v Lisnagarvey, Dunbarton v Newcastle, Larne v Cookstown, Limavady v Brooke Park, Lurgan v Donaghadee, Old Bleach v Portadown, Ballymena v Bray, Banbridge v Lagan Valley, Castlerock v Carrickfergus.