Belfast Telegraph

Seasiders are cruising to title success after victory

By David Mason

Bangor yesterday put the champagne on ice after claiming what is almost certainly a title winning performance against nearest rivals Whitehead. The Seasiders edged to within one point of claiming the NIBA Division One Championship for a staggering 22nd time after an impressive 94-78 victory, picking up six points to shoot them 13-and-a-half clear at the top.

With only two games left, it's now going to take a minor miracle to prevent the yellow and blues from lifting the crown.

"Yes, we are almost there," admitted Robert Hastings. "This was a massive win for us and really puts us to within touching distance.

"We face Donaghadee and Dundonald in our final two matches requiring only one point. With no disrespect, we want to finish the job with a bit of style.

"Not many would have given us a chance after losing three of our opening four matches of the season. We haven't been beaten since, so we have been the most consistent side."

Mark Shannon was Bangor's top performer, skipping his rink to a 25-13 win over Stephen McKinley's combination.

Gary Scott produced a fantastic revival on the last end, picking up a count of six against Martin McHugh, to claim a 22-18 success.

Simon Martin also turned in a storming finish, reeling in a four and a two on the last two ends to beat Barry Browne 22-20.

James Caldwell helped postpone the Bangor title celebrations for one week at least by edging home (27-25) against Hastings.

Meanwhile, Dunbarton powered seven-and-a half points clear at the top of the PGL's Division One table following their 104-55 win over Willowfield. With only four games left, they are now favourites to prise the title away form Ballymena.

Results: PGL Senior Division One: Dunbarton 104 (6) Willowfield 55 (1), Ulster Transport 85 (5) Ballymena 71 (2), Pickie 102 (6) Old Bleach 58 (1), Falls 82 (5) Forth River 76 (1).

NIBA Division One: Whitehead 78 (1) Bangor 94 (6), Castle 80 (5.5) Balmoral 77 (1.5), Lisnagarvey 58 (2) Portadown 79 (5), Donaghadee 71 (1) Banbridge 78 (6), Divis 62 (0) Bangor 88 (7), Dundonald 74 (2) Whitehead 77 (5).

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