Dunloy stun the Marian as they record six-shot win

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Dunloy Presbyterian picked up their first win of the season last week, at the expense of the Marian.

This was a game which the Marian was expected to win and it sets them back quite a bit on their attempt to win the League. It all started so well for them as big Jim Martin beat Thomas Paul (Dunloy) and Terrence McGarry (Marian) also won against Mark Shaw (Dunloy) to go in 11 shots up at half time. However great wins from Joe Campbell and Stephen Dunlop (Dunloy) against the big two, William McCaw and Brian McAlary (Marian) respectively saw the home team overturn the deficit and win by six shots.

League leaders St. Mary’s got the shock of their lives this week in their match with Ballinrees. Declan McCann and David Gaille, both St. Mary’s lost out to William Calvin and Uel Gordon, (B’rees) leaving St. Mary’s trailing by 16 shots at the break. In the second half St. Mary’s regrouped and they clambered back through wins by Jordan Mullan and Harold Kelly, who beat Victor Millen and Jonathan Calvin (B’rees) respectively to claim a draw and share the points.

Dunluce are really struggling this season having won only two games out of six played. It got no better this week in their match with St. Colman’s. David Walker (St. Colman’s) drew first blood with an 11-3 victory against Uel McKeeman (D’luce). Barry Kane (D’luce) squared the match with an eight shot win over Paul McCook (St. Colman’s). Alastair McIntyre eased Dunluce in front beating Aaran Tennant (St. Colman’s) by two. Martin McAleese (St. Colman’s) put the nail in Dunluce’s coffin, winning 13-8 against Alastair Kirkpatrick.

The biggest climbers this week was Loughanreagh who picked up a full house on their trip to Second Kilrea. Ivan Smyth (2nd. Kilrea) lost out to Alan Irwi (L’reagh) by two. Alastair Steele (L’reagh) added to the home team’s misery by beating Margaret Johnston 11-6. Ian Ross put Loughanreagh further ahead with his win against Graeme Wilson (2nd. Kilrea) and when Brian McGrath (2nd. Kilrea) fell to Edwin Irwin (L’reagh) the points were in the bag for the visitors.

Is there no stopping Finvoy Presbyterian this year? They made the long journey out to Castlerock but it was all worthwhile. The “Rock” started well with Ronnie Steele having a one shot win over Gary McCloy (Finvoy). Chris Jones (Finvoy) levelled the match, beating Victor Callaghan (C’rock) decisively. Joe Moore (Finvoy) won 12-3 against Terry Campbell (C’rock) and then Adam Hunter (Finvoy) had a seven shot victory over Brian Wilson (C’rock) to win six points for his Club.

Garvagh and District made the short trip out to Moneydig to try and capitalize on last weeks’ win. It was not to be for in the first half Brian McFetridge and Trevor Workman, both Moneydig had good wins against David Workman and Elizabeth McCafferty (Garvagh). Garvagh however had a good second half with Ken McLenaghan beating Alan McAleese (M’dig) by a single shot and Geoffery Boyce (Garvagh) defeating Willie Knight (M’dig) 9-6.

First Coleraine entertained New Row in another local derby. New row drew first blood when Sammy McArthur picked up five shots in his last end against Clifford McLernon (C’raine) to win by four shots.

John Weeks (C’raine) brought the match back level, beating Mark Callaghan (New Row) 14-6. Jonathan Elder then put New Row in front with an 11-7 win against John Camac (C’raine). Jim Campbell at last came to the rescue of the home supporters with a well-earned win over Joe Elkin (New Row) to get the bonus points.