Lurgan let game slip out of grasp

Lisnagarvey 82 (5)

Lurgan 77 (2)

Lurgan Bowling Club Senior team travelled to Lisnagarvey on Saturday and despite starting slowly they fought back hard and put themselves in a winning position only to allow the home team to take the win.

Garvey got off to a good start and built up a 21-10 lead after five ends and still looked comfortable at the halfway point leading 42-33. Lurgan showed some great fighting spirit and rallied to take the lead 60-51 at the three quarter distance, and still held the lead 77-72 going into the final end; however a poor finish saw Garvey outscore Lurgan by 10 shots in the final end to win 82-77. Lurgan remain in the relegation zone and will need help from other teams to stay in the first division.

On Rink 1 Ivor Mitchell, Richard McClune, Kris Matchett and skip Harry Cosgrove, took a few ends to settle on the Garvey green against skip N Mulholland allowing them to build a 10-1 lead after five ends the Lurgan rink clawed their way back and trailed by a solitary shot 13-12 at the half. This rink always remained tight though the Garvey rink always had a small margin as they led 18-14 after fifteen ends and won 26-20.

On Rink 2 Bobby Boness, Reece Millar, Pete McGrail and skip Alan Briggs, played out a tight low scoring game. They led 5-2 after five ends and 8-4 after ten, this rink was always in the balance and Lurgan stretched their lead to 13-6 at the three quarter distance and always found a way to keep the Garvey rink at arms length winning 15-10.

On Rink 3 Gareth Bunting, Davy Millar, Stephen Poots and skip Alan Roberts, traded the opening ends with Garvey skip P Cromie leading 4-3 after five ends, the Garvey rink exerted some pressure on the Lurgan four and built a 13-7 lead at the mid point of the game. Over the next five ends the Lurgan rink fought back and restricted the Garvey rink to a single shot while scoring 13 to lead 20-14, which would be the gap at the end as Lurgan won 27-21.

On Rink 4 Ronnie McCullough, Jeffrey McCullough, Bobby Ruddell & Skip Mansell Montgomery, didn’t score in the opening five ends as the Garvey rink skipped by K Morrision led 6-0, the Lurgan four including senior team debutant J McCullough fought back and at three quarter distance were level at 13-13. However a disappointing finish saw the Lurgan rink outscored heavily falling to a 25-15 defeat.