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McClure is sure Portrush won't lose focus after causing upset

 

Portrush produced their most impressive performance of the season to dump high-flying Dunbarton out of the IBA Senior Cup on Saturday, but Ian McClure insists trophy glory is still a long way off. (stock photo)
Portrush produced their most impressive performance of the season to dump high-flying Dunbarton out of the IBA Senior Cup on Saturday, but Ian McClure insists trophy glory is still a long way off. (stock photo)

By Alex Mills

Portrush produced their most impressive performance of the season to dump high-flying Dunbarton out of the IBA Senior Cup on Saturday, but Ian McClure insists trophy glory is still a long way off.

The Ramore Head boys have never had their hands on the most coveted piece of knockout silverware. However, they inched closer to their dream by shattering Dunbarton's aspirations of a triple trophy raid.

Although they entered the game with an unblemished record in the league and cups and were hot favourites to claim a quarter-final slot, the Gilford lads trooped off bruised and battered after a 10-shot defeat.

Portrush's reward is a trip to provincial rivals Ballymoney on July 27.

"It was a significant win but we'll not be getting too carried away," said McClure. "We've been down this road before.

"Dunbarton would have fancied their chances but our lads stood up to the challenge. We enjoyed the win, but know we must do it all over again. Ballymoney are a formidable team."

Incredibly, Dunbarton won on three rinks, with Alan Paul, Marty Trainor and DJ Wilson getting the better of Eddie Curran (16-14), Gary McCloy - recalled by Ireland for next week's Home International Series in Scotland - (23-18) and McClure (18-15).

It was Simon Colvin's impressive 20-shot win (26-6) victory against Conor McCartan that managed to haul the home team over the finish line.

There was another shock at Randalstown with 2014 Cup winners Old Bleach dumping out fancied Bangor in an 11-shot win.

Stephen Kirkwood and Neil Mulholland were the key players, skipping their rinks to victories against Robert Hastings (17-11) and Keith Taylor (19-13).

The Seasiders hit back through Gary Scott and Mark Shannon, who beat Robert Kirkwood (19-18) and Maurice Kirkwood (17-16), but Old Bleach triumphed.

Results: Irish Bowling Association Senior Cup third round: Portrush 73 Dunbarton 63, CYM 95 Ballymena 73, Dunluce 60 Belmont 85, Old Bleach 71 Bangor 60, Pickie 110 Leinster 45, Ballymoney 94 Portadown 80, Banbridge 100 Limavady 71, Whitehead 98 Ballymena B 57.

Irish Bowling Association Intermediate Cup third round: Willowfield 80 Ulster Transport 75, Dungannon 75 CI-Knock 78, Mossley 84 Belmont 866, North Down 64 Forth River 91, BETS 85 Cliftonville 79, Ballywalter 73 Ards 71, City of Derry 80 Kilrea 68.

Irish Bowling Association Junior Cup third round: CYM B 106 Lagan Valley 49, Cookstown B 73 Limavady B 63, Greenhills 95 St James's Gate 71, Mossley B 85 Belmont C 77, Dunbarton B 105 Banbridge B 58, Coleraine B 78 Pickie B 77, Whitehead B 99 Crumlin B 54.

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