Narrow defeat for Banbridge in the Junior Cowdy Cup

Banbridge are out of the Junior Cowdy Cup, beaten in the quarterfinal by a strong Kilkeel team.

Colin Smylie captained this team and he was really disappointed to lose the first leg at home 3-1.

The return leg at Kilkeel last Saturday was always going to be an uphill struggle.

But Colin’s men gave it their best shot and, after nine holes, looked like winning it.

But it just didn’t work out.

Dominic Quinn and John Convery lost by 4 and 3 against Rodney Hanna and Declan Fitzpatrick.

But then Gerry Blevins and Bertie Shaw beat Vincent Smyth and Lynam Feron

5 and 4. Gerry was the star in this match with three birdies and a lot of pars. He was only a couple over par when the game ended on the 14th.

Kieran Lennon and John Poots were unlucky in their game against David White and Nigel Cochrane.

David, off a handicap of 28, played superbly, using his shots to good effect.

He sealed the match with a superb four nett 3 on the very difficult par four 17th hole.

Sean McGreevey and Dermot Magee were called in.

They were one up against Sean McVeigh and Cyril Morris after 14 holes.

It was an heroic effort by the Banbridge team. Unfortunately, they had left themselves just too much to do after the first leg.

- The opening round of the Mixed Foursomes Matchplay Championship has almost been completed.

The available results are as follows:

Megan Whan and Rory Madeley beat Thomas Nelson and Bronagh Sands.

Jacinta and Seamus Rooney beat Melissa Whan and Callum Barnes.

Robina and William McCandless beat Karen and Sherwin Curran.

Denise Nelson and John McDowell beat Gina and Eamon McConville.

Mildred and Richard Hodgett beat Marianne Nelson and Brendan Meade.

Teresa McConville and Cathal O’Neill beat Helen Cocks and Neil Madeley.

- Haughton Smyth Cup semi-finals: Rory Madeley will play the winner of the game between Kieran Magennis and Conor Mulholland. Luke Woods will play Adam McGregor.