Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Dunbarton brought back down to earth

Dunbarton's Myles Greenfield admitted his team were in no mood to celebrate after one of the most impressive displays of the season.

They had just beaten in-form NIBA giants Bangor in round four of the IBA Senior Cup when news filtered through that they must face Belmont, the country's only unbeaten team, in the quarter finals on Saturday, July 23.

"It's the draw that everyone wanted to avoid," said Greenfield.

"They (Belmont) have enjoyed an unbelievable run of results and are currently in the chase for a triple trophy success.

"We were thrilled with the victory over Bangor - probably one of our best performances to date.

"But we were soon brought down to earth again when we learned that we must face Belmont in the next round.

Andrew Hughes was the Gilford team's top performer, skipping his rink to a 28-14 win over Mark Shannon.

Conor McCartan also made a significant contribution by beating Graham McKee 27-13.

The Seasiders hit back through the impressive Gary Scott, who defeated Greenfield 18-13, while Robert Hastings edged a 18-16 victory over Clifford Dennison.

Meanwhile, at Broadway, provincial team Dunluce produced an eye-catching afternoon's work to end the interest of Pickie.

Mervyn McKeeman's 23-10 victory over Robbie Lightbody laid the foundation for the victory which set a clash wuth cup holders Ballymena next time out. The Sky Blues marched on following an 84-71 win over Crumlin in Dublin.

Whitehead racked up the shots to score a runaway 111-41 victory over neighbours Carrickfergus at Shaftesbury Park, winning on all four rinks.

The NIBA kingpins must now negotiate a difficult quarter final test at Ballymoney, who dumped Lisnagarvey out of the tournament at the weekend (91-62).

IBA Senior Cup, quarter-finals: Dunluce v Ballymena; Dunbarton v Belmont; Castleton v St James's Gate; Ballymoney v Whitehead.

IBA Junior Cup, quarter-finals: Kilrea v Pickie; Banbridge v Larne; Dunbarton v Downpatrick; Queen's Island v Willowfield.