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Depleted Belmont braced for tough Ballymena test

By Staff Reporter

Published 24/07/2015

Belmont's Davy Hamilton said his side's visit to Ballymena will be made all the more difficult because their squad is not at full strength
Belmont's Davy Hamilton said his side's visit to Ballymena will be made all the more difficult because their squad is not at full strength

Belmont's Davy Hamilton admits Ballymena is a difficult venue to visit at any time, but even much more daunting with an under-strength team.

In a battle of the Private Greens League giants, Belmont's cup ambitions will be scrutinised at Old Ballymoney Road as they will be without Ireland international Paul Daly. Also missing are Ken Croy, Neil Dawson and Wallace Cronie.

"It's going to be a big test," said Hamilton. "A couple of the boys are on holiday, while two are out due to illness. Ballymena will go into the game in good shape after their win over league leaders Old Bleach in midweek, so it will be a big ask for us.

In contrast, Ballymena approach the game with a full strength squad available.

Fixtures: IBA Senior Cup quarter finals: Ballymena v Belmont, Whitehead v Coleraine, Bangor v CYM, Dunbarton v Lurgan.

IBA Junior Cup quarter finals: Brookgreen v Balmoral, Cookstown v Old Bleach, Pickie v Portrush, Whitehead v Ballymoney.

NI Private Greens League Division One: Willowfield v Ulster Transport, Ewarts v Old Bleach.

NIBA Division One: Lisnagarvey v Portadown, Dundonald v Carrick.

NI Provincial Bowling Associaiton Senior League: Limavady v City of Derry, Letterkenny v Portrush, Ballycastle v Portglenone.

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