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Underdogs Dunluce are counting on home comforts, says Kane

Taking aim: Barry Kane is hoping Dunluce can cause a major upset
Taking aim: Barry Kane is hoping Dunluce can cause a major upset

By Alex Mills

Dunluce's Barry Kane believes his team face possibly their toughest game of the season when they take on Belmont in the third round of the IBA Senior Cup at Bushmills tomorrow.

The former Ireland international still has vivid memories of Dunluce's most famous moment when they lifted the coveted trophy for the first time ever following an epic victory over Ballymoney back in 2011.

Celebrations went on for some time in the little village, where the country's top tipple is brewed.

Kane acknowledges his boys will require something pretty special if they are to sample the delights once again, with Cup kings Belmont now standing in their way.

The Private Greens League side are on the prowl for their ninth Cup success and are proud holders of a record that will probably never be bettered, having lifted the famous old trophy in five successive seasons between 2003-07.

"It's the draw that every other team wanted to avoid," admitted Kane.

"Belmont have a fantastic record in the tournament and they'll probably fancy their chances against us.

"But we'll give it a go. At least we have home advantage. To be honest, I don't ever remember meeting Belmont in the Cup before and I've been at the club for 19 years.

"It will be a test, there is no question about that. We will be without Danny Taggart, who is on holiday, while Aaron Walker is at a family wedding.

"But our squad has been boosted this season with Fred Morrow and James McMullan joining us from Ballycastle. They have settled in really well."

Kane stresses his team can draw confidence on recent league results - they are tucked in behind leaders Ballymoney at the top of the Provincial Senior League table.

"We've lost only once so far and that was a home defeat by Ballymoney," he added.

"So, we approach the Belmont game in decent form - anything can happen in a one-off Cup tie."

Fixtures

Irish Bowling Association Senior Cup, third round: Portrush v Dunbarton, CYM v Ballymena, Dunluce v Belmont, Old Bleach v Bangor, Pickie v Leinster, Ballymoney v Portadown, Banbridge v Limavady, Whitehead v Ballymena B.

Irish Bowling Association Intermediate Cup, third round: Willowfield v Ulster Transport, Markethill v NICS, Dungannon v Ci-Knock, Mossley v Belmont B, North Down v Forth River, BETS v Cliftonville, Ballywalter v Ards, City of Derry v Kilrea.

Irish Bowling Association Junior Cup, third round: Ballymoney B v Balmoral B, CYM B v Lagan Valley, Cookstown B v Limavady B, Greenhills v St James's Gate, Mossley B v Belmont C, Dunbarton C v Banbridge B, Coleraine B v Pickie B, Whitehead B v Crumlin B.

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