Garvey make certain of survival with a 13 shots home win over Bangor

Taking part in the match between Lisnagarvey and Bangor, at Warren Gardens. US1534-532cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Taking part in the match between Lisnagarvey and Bangor, at Warren Gardens. US1534-532cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

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isnagarvey made certain of survival in NIBA Division 1 with a 13 shots home win and six points against Bangor recently.

They appeared to be safe before this game, but could have lost out mathematically and this fine win makes it a certainty that they remain in the top flight next season.

Bangor had still been clinging to hopes of overhauling Whitehead for the title, but this defeat, coupled with Whitehead adding five points to their tally ends those hopes, giving Garvey a little more satisfaction that they “killed two birds with one stone” so to speak.

Although lifting a three Philip Cromie was 6-10 down at the tenth, but 14-13 up at 15 ends. Garvey were 17-16 ahead at 19 ends and finished with two, three.

After dropping two fours and a five Noel Graham trailed 8-15 at the tenth and lifted a five but dropped a three to go 15-19 down at 15 ends. Garvey lifted four, four, one to lead 24-23 at 19 ends but dropped one two to lose by two shots.

A four helped Neil Mulholland to a 9-8 lead at the tenth and a three made it 15-11 at 15 ends. Garvey held the edge and finished with two, one to win by seven shots.

A four helped Ivan Craig to a 10-6 lead at the tenth and 12-10 at 15 ends but Garvey lifted successive threes from 16 ends to lead 18-10. Garvey dropped one, three, one, one but still won by two shots.

A. Johnston, G. Riley, J. McCloughlin, P. Cromie 22, G. McKee 16; S. Jess, A. O’Rourke, B. Carroll, N. Graham 24, M. Shannon 26; S. Irwin, K. Armstrong, G. McCloughlin, N. Mulholland 21, G. Scott 14; C. Aicken, A. McNevison, M. Nelson, I. Craig 18, R. Hastings 16.