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Bannsiders set for tough semi duel against Ballymena

By Staff Reporter

Published 27/07/2015

Stephen McKinley
Stephen McKinley

An IBA Senior Cup semi final showdown against Ballymena was Coleraine's reward after producing their best performance of the season.

The Bannsiders were given little hope when they travelled to NIBA kingpins Whitehead, but the Provincial boys defied the odds to clock up a famous victory, winning by seven shots.

They'll now line out against the Sky Blues - who won the battle of the PGL giants by defeating Belmont - on August 8. The venue has yet to be confirmed.

"We knew it would be tough, but the boys were up to the challenge," said Coleraine's Jordan Dallas. "Whitehead are formidable opponents, especially on their home green, so that in itself was a big challenge.

"It's great to be back in the semi finals . . . it rekindled memories of our cup success back in 2013. But we'll certainly not be getting ahead of ourselves.

"With Bangor, Dunbarton and Ballymena in the semis, it was always going to be a difficult job regarding what team we were drawn against. But this win at Whitehead has given us great belief."

It was Ian Ross's rink that were the toast of the Bannsiders. They racked up an impressive 24-11 success against the combination skipped by Stephen McKinley.

Victor Dallas also chalked up a 20-13 win against James Caldwell. As expected Whitehead came on strong, with Barry Browne and Marty McHugh defeating Ally Davison (19-15) and Johnny Calvin (24-15).

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