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Cup mission is now Coleraine's leading priority, admits Dallas

 

By Alex Mills

Coleraine's Jordan Dallas admits his team are going into the unknown against Dun Laoghaire in today's IBA Senior Cup quarter-final at Lodge Road.

It's the first time the clubs have clashed in the game's top knockout tournament and, although the Bannsiders' league form has been inconsistent, they'll be hoping to make home advantage count.

"Dun Laoghaire are second in the BLI table, only half a point behind CYM, so that tells us all we need to know," said Dallas.

"Our best performances have probably been reserved for the Cup in recent years - we were semi-finalists in 2012 and 2015, and lifted the trophy in 2013.

"Dun Laoghaire will be coming to our place oozing confidence, but it's an opportunity for us to reach another semi-final.

"Our league form has been disappointing. We are a long way off leaders Ballymoney, so the Cup is now our priority."

Balmoral, meanwhile, will be hoping to punch their first semi-final ticket since 1998 when they face Pickie at Broadway.

Elsewhere, there was a new name on Belmont's City of Belfast singles title with Gerard McGleave lifting the trophy for the first time.

The Divis man, who made his Ireland debut earlier this month, defeated Belmont's John Boyd 21-16 in the final.

McGleave defeated Adam McKeown 21-12 at the semi-final stage, while Boyd recorded his own 21-12 victory against Alex Lightbody.

And there was success for local boys Aaron Sloan and Davy Hamilton, who edged home 18-16 in an epic pairs final against David Corkill and Robert Kirkwood.

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