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Greenfield's joy after Dunbarton squeeze through tight Cup battle

 

Dunbarton's Myles Greenfield heaved a sigh of relief after helping his team inch over the finish line in an epic IBA Senior Cup second round clash with Coleraine at Lodge Road. (stock photo)
Dunbarton's Myles Greenfield heaved a sigh of relief after helping his team inch over the finish line in an epic IBA Senior Cup second round clash with Coleraine at Lodge Road. (stock photo)

By Alex Mills

Dunbarton's Myles Greenfield heaved a sigh of relief after helping his team inch over the finish line in an epic IBA Senior Cup second round clash with Coleraine at Lodge Road.

Only four shots separated the teams after 21 gruelling ends, with seven-time winners Dunbarton's Cup aspirations intact.

The win sends them a further four miles up the road to face Coleraine's rivals and neighbours Portrush in a third round meeting on June 22.

Dunbarton approached the game in the best possible shape, having picked up five points in a league clash at Ballymena - their first victory at that venue for close to a decade.

"We played Coleraine at their place in the Cup three or four years ago and won by almost 30 shots, but this was an entirely different scenario," said Greenfield. "It was a battle right from the off with very little between the teams throughout the match. It was touch and go right until the final end. We're just relieved to be in the third round."

Conor McCartan's 22-12 rink victory over Victor Dallas proved pivotal to Dunbarton's win. Martin Trainor also chipped in with a telling 24-16 success against Russell Millar.

But the defiant provincial side retaliated through Ian Ross and Jim Calvin, who racked up wins against DJ Wilson (19-16) and Andrew Hughes (21-10) to set up that nail-biting finish.

Cup holders Larne crashed out, soundly beaten 76-41 by Belmont in a game interrupted by freakish thunderstorms.

Stuart Bennett's in-form rink did most of the damage, claiming an impressive 20-6 win against the combination skipped by Graeme McKee. Raymond Barr and Roy Battersby also made a significant contribution by beating David McRandal (24-10) and Andy Kyle (17-11).

Belmont will now travel to Dunluce in the next round.

IBA Senior Cup round two: Bray 67 Pickie 109, Cookstown 52 Ballymena 91, Dunluce 92 Dundonald 68, Ewarts 76 Ballymena B 81, Portrush 104 Clarendon 56, Donaghadee 73 Ballymoney 93, Portadown 121 Albert Foundry 39, Old Bleach 94 Falls 64, Coleraine 68 Dunbarton 72, Blackrock 71 Whitehead 79, Banbridge 78 Dun Laogharie 61, Belmont 76 Larne 41, Limavady 77 Salisbury 64.

IBA Intermediate Cup, round two: Belmont B 107 Westmanstown 49, Gilnahirk 47 Ballywalter 108, Willowfield 90 Skerries 55, Kilrea 68 Ormeau 39, City of Derry 102 Comber 57, Ards 80 Downpatrick 72, NICS 86 Dungiven 63, CI-Knock 98 Rathfriland 69, Brooke Park 66 Mossley 87, Forth River 91 North Belfast 66, Ulster Transport 97 Hilden 76.

IBA Junior Cup, round two: Donaghdee B 66 Dunbarton B 101, Mossley B 87 Ballymena C 65, Crumlin 81 Lurgan B 62, Whitehead B 100 Old Bleach B 61, Balmoral B 89 Ulster Transport B 67, Dunluce B 63 Belmont C 89.

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