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Heartbreak for legend Margaret after going so close to elusive title

 

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.

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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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