THE Banbridge Senior Cowdy team, captained by Kenny Stevenson, moved triumphantly into the semi-final after a rather comfortable win over Castleblaney.
They had won their home leg 24.5 points to 7.5 so they travelled to the beautiful course of Concra Wood, needing eight points for outright victory.
Colin Wilton (1), out first, got a half match against Adrian Kelly (4) and that was two points in the bag.
Kenny (3) played himself at number two and , like a true champion, beat Jack McDonald (5) by 2 holes up and Kenny got three and a half points.
Jonathan Ward (3) lost by 2 holes against Jason Murphy (5) but he managed to get a half point for sharing the second nine.
Six points secured, only three more needed.
Stuart Hunter (4) lost 4 and 3 against Pascal Connon (5) but he too fought bravely to get a half point for the second nine.
Rory Madeley (4) settled everyone’s nerves when he beat Frank McDonald (5) by 4 and 3 and took three and a half points.
The three other games were allowed to finish even though the result was known.
Jonathan Shannon (5) lost 3 and 2 against Charles McDonald (5) and got half a point.
Jonathan Burns (5) halved his match against Michael Concannon (5) and got two points.
Kieran Magennis (5) was a very strong tail-ender. He beat Michael McEnteggart (5) by 5 and 4 and collected the maximum four points.
Banbridge needed eight points and they got sixteen and a half. It was a very impressive display.
Kenny Stevenson was delighted with his team’s performance and he is now looking forward to the semi-final against Dungannon. The first leg will be played away on Sunday July 22.
We can’t wait!