Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Tandragee double up with Ulster Jimmy Bruen Shield success at Malone

Tandragee are the new Ulster Jimmy Bruen Shield champions, completing a notable double to go along with their Fred Daly Trophy success.

They beat Cushendall 5-0 in the Ulster final at Malone at the weekend — although it wasn’t quite as straightforward as the scoreline would suggest.

“It was very tight over the front nine and in my match we were actually one down at the turn,” said team captain Jeff Forde.

“But it turned around quite quickly and we birdied the 17th to go one up just after hearing that the top match had finished 6-4 and that put us well under way.”

The club will now play Connacht champions Swinford in the All Ireland semi-final next month at Dunbar.

“Tandragree has never won an All Ireland title, so this is a big opportunity for us,” added Forde.

“We have a great spirit in the team this year which has worked very well for us.

“We needed to bring a couple of substitutes into the team for the final, and they slotted in very well.”

Tandragee’s Fred Daly team, which won the Ulster competition for the first time in the club’s history this year, play Athenry in the All Ireland semi-final at Dungarvan today.

Adare Manor play Forrest Little in the other last four match in the morning with the final in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Lisburn beat Donegal club Letterkenny after one tie hole to win the Ulster section of the Pierce Purcell Shield at the weekend.

City of Derry beat Ardglass three and a half to one and a half to win the Ulster section of the Irish mixed foursomes.

And Banbridge beat Portstewart by the same scoreline to win the Ulster section of the Irish Junior Cup.