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Heartbreak for legend Margaret after going so close to elusive title


By Alex Mills

It was heartbreak for the legendary Margaret Johnston in last night's marathon British Isles Championship Fours semi-final at Belmont.

The Irish record-breaking medal winner was after the only title she hasn't lifted in a career that has spanned 30 years.

And just when it looked as though she and her Ballymoney team-mates Megan Morrow, Mandy Tennant and Barbara Logue had booked a slot in the final, the wheels dramatically came off when they lost a count of seven on the 20th end.

It was a disaster that they never ended up recovering from as they cruelly lost the game on the last end.

The triple of Carole McQuade, Ann Gillan-Murphy and Christine O'Gorman did well to win their preliminary tie with Jersey 27-8, but their glory day ended in the semi-final against the Welsh side, skipped by Carla Davies, who rallied to an 18-10 win.

There was heartbreak in the singles for Alicia Weir who was involved in a hectic battle with Jersey's Jean Holmes.

And it was the lady from the Channel Islands who held her nerve to claim the winner.

Jean Lyden and Ann Sloan will be disappointed with their finish in the pairs semi-final against England's Sue Alexander and Ellen Faulkner, eventually losing out 27-15.

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