Belfast Telegraph

Dunbarton are fired up for revenge bid

By David Mason

Dunbarton's Myles Greenfield insists his team have a point to prove in tomorrow's IBA Senior Cup semi-final showdown against Belmont at Pickie Bowls Club.

Even though the Gilford boys are closing in on the Division One title, they are still smarting from a mauling they consumed at Kincora Avenue last month.

They crashed to a 97-63 defeat, losing all seven points, in what was their first loss of the campaign.

However, since then they have been the most consistent team in the division and now have their sights fixed on an end of season double celebration.

"We let ourselves down the last time we played Belmont," said the former Ireland international.

"We just didn't turn up and we were totally embarrassed. Rubbish is a better word.

"Full credit to the lads. We have regrouped and got ourselves into a great position in the league, with only four games left. We play Old Bleach twice, Ulster Transport and Ewarts, so the league situation is in our own hands.

"Even though we recently slipped to our second defeat in a midweek match against Ballymena, we managed to take three points from the game which was a bonus. When we later learned that Transport had beaten Belmont it wasn't such a bad night after all.

"However, our immediate focus is on this cup semi-final. It would be special for the club to reach another cup final. We face a massive couple of weeks as the season reaches a climax."

Dunbarton will be at full strength for the game, but will be taking nothing for granted against a side that has written their own little chapter in this history of the tournament being the only club to have lifted the famous old trophy of five successive occasions.

"Belmont have a great pedigree in the competition, there is no question about that," added Greenfield. "They'll be fired up for it, but it's a challenge we must meet head on."

Belmont will be without Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games representative, Paul Daly, Jason Kerr and Chris Allen for possibly their biggest test of the season. On the plus side, Simon Cavan is due to return.

"We'll bring in Gerry McTasney and Ken Croy from the B team," said Davy Hamilton. "They did well in midweek in our win over Ewarts. It will be a massive test for us."

Fixtures: IBA Senior Cup semi-final: Dunbarton v Belmont; IBA Junior Cup final: Coleraine v Dungiven; NIBA Division One: Whitehead v Lisnagarvey, Portadown v Castle, Bangor v Donaghadee, Banbridge v Dundonald, Balmoral v Divis; Private Greens League Senior Division One: Ulster Transport v Old Bleach, Larne v Ballymena, Falls v Willowfield; Provincial Senior League: Dunluce v Kilrea, City of Derry v Ballymoney,, Portrush v Cookstown, Portglenone v Letterkenny, Ballycastle v Coleraine.

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