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Myles better as Dunbarton find form in league after Cup upset

 

By Alex Mills

Dunbarton shrugged off the disappointment of last week's Irish Cup defeat by struggling Falls to maintain their place at the top of the PGL's Division One table.

The Gilford team, left shell-shocked by that surprise cup upset, displayed the form of potential champions in an impressive win at Ballywalter on Saturday, which followed on from a crucial midweek victory at Old Bleach to give them an important 11-and-a-half points from the two fixtures.

They may have lost a little bit of ground at the top to nearest challengers Ballymena, who pocketed 13 points from games against Ballywalter and Falls, but Dunbarton were simply relieved to get back to winning ways.

"You have to put the cup result down to a bad day at the office," said Dunbarton's Myles Greenfield. "But it's gone . . . you have to keep looking ahead not back.

"We've come back with two good league wins. It was important to keep the momentum going in terms of our unbeaten league run. But there is still a long, long way to go. There will be plenty of big tests up ahead."

Rink wins by Greenfield, Conor McCartan and Marty Trainor helped Dunbarton to a runaway win at Ballywalter. They were deprived of a full quota of points by Davy Palmer's battling draw (18-18) with DJ Wilson.

Ballymena's win at Falls suggests they are in the title race for the long haul. They succeeded where Dunbarton failed (in the cup) by racking up a 28 shots victory in West Belfast.

Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: Ballywalter 54 (0.5) Dunbarton 111 (6.5), Falls 65 (1) Ballymena 93 (6), Pickie 67 (2) Larne 77 (5), Mossley 83 (1) Belmont 95 (6), Ewarts 71 (2) Old Bleach 93 (5).

Northern Ireland Bowling association Division One: Dundonald 71 (1) Donaghadee 97 (6), Portadown 82 (1) Bangor 88 (6), Carrickfergus 98 (5) Divis 70 (2), Whitehead 102 (7) Dungannon 61 (0), Balmoral 53 (0) Banbridge 98 (7).

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: City of Derry 70 (1) Letterkenny 85 (6), Portrush 108 (6.5) Limavady 61 (0.5), Coleraine 83 (4.5) Dunluce 78 (2.5), Cookstown 72 (2) Ballymoney 90 (5).

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