Dunbarton look to close gap at top of table

Neil Mulholland
Neil Mulholland

Dunbarton will be hoping to claw their way closer to the top of the Private Greens League Division One table when they face Ewarts at Gilford on Sunday.

They currently trail leaders Belmont by seven-and-a-half points, but crucially, the Belfast team have featured in three games more than their rivals.

Title holders Ballymena are sitting in third spot on 49 points -- five adrift of Dunbarton. The Sky Blues have made 10 starts, one more than the Gilford boys.

With quite a few games affected by the Under-25 Inter-Association Championship this weekend, Dunbarton -- the club has three players in the PGL squad -- decided to reschedule their game for Sunday.

“We have fallen a few games behind some of the other teams,” said Myles Greenfield. “Belmont have the points on the board, but they have played three matches more than us.

“So it’s in our own interests make sure we get a haul of points at home to Ewarts. Ironically, when we won the treble a few seasons back (the PGL league and cup double and the IBA Senior Cup), Ewarts were only team to beat us.

“We’ll be taking nothing for granted, but it’s vital we cut the deficit at the top of the table.”

Meanwhile, Neil Mulholland has completed the first of what could be a possible treble success in the NIBA Championships.

He teamed up with his Lisnagarvey rink of John McCloughlin, Gareth McCloughlin and Ivan Craig to defeat the Portadown combination, skipped by George Blakley, 22-10 in the semi final of the Fours championship.

Due to Mulholland’s participation in the Comonwealth Games -- he is part of a five-team Ireland squad that will compete in Glasgow -- his semi-finals matches in the singles and pairs have been put back until early August.