Seasiders aim to keep silverware hopes alive

Bangor's Robert Hastings
Bangor's Robert Hastings

Bangor go into the last chance saloon on Friday as they attempt to keep their trophy hopes alive this season.

The Seasiders have recovered from a horrible opening to their outdoor campaign to forge their way into the semi final of the IBA Senior Cup.

Having had their NIBA Division One title hopes shredded at an early stage after suffering three defeats, Bangor were then dumped out of the NIBA Senior Cup.

It means the Ward Park boys must now rely on the IBA Cup to glean a glimmer of satisfaction -- but they face a tough test against Private Greens League kingpins Dunbarton at Pickie.

“We had a bad start to our league campaign due to fact the we were missing some of our most established players for different reasons,” said Bangor’s Robert Hastings.

“We’ve managed to regroup to force our way back up the table, but Whitehead are a long way in front and will be hard to catch. It’s their title to lose at the minute.

“But we have the IBA Cup to focus on. Thankfully, we’ll be a full strength for the Dunbarton game. It will be a difficult match, there is now question about that.

“They beat us at Ward Park three years ago. However, when the teams previously met, we managed to get a result at their place.

“So everything points to a really right game. Both semi finals are difficult to predict . . . it’s down to whatever team wants it most on the day.”

Results: Northern Ireland Women’s Bowling Association Senior League: Ballyholme 5pts Divis 2; Dungannon 7 Portadown 0; Holywood 6.5 Newcastle 0.5; Lisnagarvey 5 Lurgan 2; Banbrige 3 Whitehead 4.

Northern Ireland Women’s Bowling Association Junior League: Castle Park 5 Carrrick 0; Curran 5 Ardenlee 0; Dromore 5 Antrim Lawn 0; Gilnahirk 0 Newry 5.