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Dunbarton intend to stay focused on Cup double bid

By David Mason

Dunbarton's Myles Greenfield believes tomorrow's IBA Senior Cup semi-final showdown at Pickie Bowls Club will be virtually a home tie for Bangor.

It's a strange choice of neutral venue as the Seasiders' green at Ward Park is less than a quarter of a mile away, whereas their opponents must make the long trek from Gilford.

But Dunbarton don't intend to let it cloud their vision as they embark on a possible cup double success.

After their clash with Bangor, they have a Private Greens League Senior Cup final against shock package Willowfield to focus on.

"It's been three years since we've last had our hands on the IBA Cup, so it would be nice to make the final again," said former international Greenfield.

"We played Bangor a few years back, winning at their green in the quarter-final, but I'm sure they will also feel at home playing at Pickie, which isn't far away.

"Thankfully, we have everyone available - we'll be at full strength. We've put in some decent performances of late, so we are looking forward to it.

"Unfortunately, we've left ourselves with a lot to do in terms of our league position. In saying that, Old Bleach have suffered two recent defeats, which has opened things up again.

"We'll certainly not be giving it up. It looks as though it could now be a tight finish to the campaign."

Bangor also have a full squad for what could be a defining outing in terms of saving their season.

"It's basically our last bite at winning a trophy," said Bangor's Rodney McCutcheon.

"Our title hopes only hang by a thread. Whitehead look to have it wrapped up at present, while we were disappointed to be beaten in the first round of the NIBA Cup (by Whitehead).

"So we'll be giving it our best shot."

In tomorrow's other semi-final, Coleraine go head-to-head with Ballymena at Ballymoney.

The pendulum may have swung in favour of the Bannsiders due to the fact that Ballymena will be without John Nicholl and Michael Wilson.

Fixtures, IBA Senior Cup semi-finals: Ballymena v Coleraine; Bangor v Dunbarton.

IBA Junior Cup semi-finals: Pickie v Whitehead; Cookstown v Brookgreen.

NI Private Greens League Division One: Ulster Transport v Larne, Old Bleach v Ards, Pickie v Ewarts.

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Divison One: Carrick v Lisnagarvey, Portadown v Bangor, Banbridge v Divis, Whitehead v Lurgan, Balmoral v Dundonald.

NI Provincial Bowling Association Division One: Letterkenny v city of Derry, Dunluce v Ballymoney, Limavady v Ballycastle, Cookstown v Portglenone.

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