Lurgan gain revenge over Musgrave in style

Lurgan Veterans 2 players, Bobby Jones, left, and Gordon Bell. INLM22-234.
Lurgan Veterans 2 players, Bobby Jones, left, and Gordon Bell. INLM22-234.

Musgrave 57 Lurgan 91

Lurgan returned to Musgrave Park the scene of their exit from the NIBA cup, to take on Musgrave this time in the IBA cup last Saturday determined to avenge the defeat suffered the previous week and Lurgan started strong and had built up a 23–15 lead after five ends.

However Lurgan did not have it all their own way as the home team fought back and at the halfway stage Lurgan led by a single shot 36–35. Lurgan ensured this game did not slip away and by the three quarter distance had regained a strong advantage leading 56– 45. Over the last quarter of the game Lurgan remained focused and finished strong winning by an impressive 34 shots 91–57.

On rink 1 for Lurgan Bobby Boness, Davy Millar, Pete McGrail and skip Alan Briggs settled quickly and raced into a 9–3 lead after five ends, Musgrave skipped by B Walker never quit and had tied the game 10–10 at the halfway stage. This rink would remain tight through the three quarter with Lurgan holding a slender one shot advantage 14–13, Musgrave must have thought they had turned this game when they picked up three shots in the 16th end to put them into the lead. Briggs and his rink were not to be denied and won the final 5 ends to win the match 21–16.

On rink 2 for Lurgan Ivor Mitchell, Richard McClune, Kris Matchett and skip Harry Cosgrove trailed the Musgrave rink skipped by S Templeton 6-3 after the opening five ends, and fell further behind by the halfway stage 11-7, despite winning the same amount of ends. The Lurgan rink picked up three shots on the 15th end to draw level at the three quarter distance 14–14. The Lurgan rink were rewarded for their hard work in the closing stages scoring an impressive 11 shots in two ends, which was enough to see the Lurgan four to the end winning 28–18.

On rink 3 for Lurgan Steven Poots, Reece Millar, Bobby Ruddell and skip Mansell Montgomery started steady to lead 4-2 after 5 ends. The Musgrave rink skipped by B Johnston came back strong at the Lurgan rink and had taken the lead 9–5 at the halfway mark, the Lurgan rink finished the stronger of the two rinks as they drew level 11–11 at the three quarter distance and powered home winning by a score of 20–14.

On rink 4 for Lurgan Melvyn Hamilton, Gareth Bunting, John Gilliland and skip Alan Roberts came out ahead after the opening salvo on this rink leading 7–4 after five ends. They piled on the pressure on the Musgrave rink skipped by M Dunlop building up a 14–5 lead at the mid-point of this game. The Lurgan rink always looked comfortable of winning this rink as they extended their lead to 10 shots 17–7 at the three quarter distance and never let up winning this rink 22-9.