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Dunbarton pitch it right to claim a cup final place

By David Mason

Dunbarton steam-rolled their way into the IBA Senior Cup final at Pickie Bowls Club on Saturday.

The Gilford boys defied all the odds - and the choice of venue - to rack up an impressive 98-57 win over cup specialists Bangor, booking a date against Ballymena in an all-Private Greens League final on August 22.

"We thought it was strange choice of green for a semi-final," said Dunbarton's Andy Hughes.

"Pickie is only a stone's throw away from where Bangor play their home games at Ward Park. But, if anything, it gave us a greater incentive.

"We have managed to lift the trophy on three occasions since 2002. It would be great to add our name to it again. But we'll be taking nothing for granted.

"We face possibly our toughest opposition in the form of Ballymena.

"They haven't won the cup since 2010, so they'll be in a determined frame of mind. We still have a lot to do, in terms of our league position."

It was the rink skipped by Ireland's Derek Wilson that cemented Dunbarton's place in the final. He scored a whopping 36 shots win over his international team mate Robert Hastings.

Conor McCartan and former Irish star Myles Greenfield added to the Bangor woes by claiming victories against Graham McKee (21-17) and Gary Scott (20-17).

Mark Shannon prevented the PGL side from leaving with a full house by beating Marty Trainor 19-17.

Meanwhile, Ballymena had to battle for their success against a gritty Coleraine outfit at Ballymoney.

Nigel Robinson caught the eye against the Bannsiders - the 2013 cup winners. He enjoyed a impressive 22-14 win against Ally Davidson.

Andy Duncan and Stephen Coleman also made a significant contribution for Ballymena by beating Johnny Calvin (22-18) and Ian Ross (19-14).

In the battle of the former international team mates, Coleraine's Victor Dallas came out on top against his former manager Jim Baker, winning 17-14.

IBA Senior Cup semi-finals: Dunbarton 98, Bangor 57 (M Trainor 17 M Shannon 19; M Greenfield 20 G Scott 17; C McCartan 21 G McKee 17; DJ Wilson 40 R Hastings 4); Coleraine 63, Ballymena 77 (A Davidson 14 N Robinson 22; V Dallas 17 J Baker 14; J Calvin 19 A Duncan 22; I Ross 14 S Coleman 19).

IBA Junior Cup semi-finals: Cookstown 102, Brookgreen 54 (N Glasgow 22 N Mullan 17; G Smith 23 R McClements 10; S Jeffers 37 J Hunter 15; T Montgomery 20 B Laverty 12); Pickie 64, Whitehead 89 (N Belch 18 C Todd 20; N Henderson 24 R Ruddock 23; D Kennedy 8 C Knox 23; N Irwin 144 D Smyth 23).

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