Banbridge beat Rockmount in the quarter-final of the Rossmore Cup.
They are two very strong teams and it was always going to be close, but nobody could have predicted just how close.
The first leg was played at Rockmount and team captain, Mel Hylands was hoping for one and a half points. He got two.
Joe Glass and Kenny Arlow won 1 up. John McDowell and Cecil Wilson won 3 and 1. John Doran and Fergie Cosgrove lost 2 and 1.
John Crothers and Noel McSherry lost 3 and 1.
The second leg was played at Banbridge last Sunday and it could not have been more evenly balanced.
Joe Glass and Gary Hazley went out at number one and they lost 2 and 1. That was a bit of a shock for the home supporters.
John Crothers and Colin Kennedy squared the match again when they won 2up. It was all very close and poor Mel Hylands could hardly bear to watch.
John Doran, who had won the competition the day before and had his handicap cut by two shots, was paired with Fergie Cosgrove in game three. They gelled perfectly to win by 2 and 1.
All the attention was now focused on the final game. John McDowell and Cecil Wilson stood on the last tee all square. A half would be good enough. What do you think happened?
Frank Wallace from Rockmount hit the shot of his life. His ball rolled onto the green, up the bank, down the bank and into the hole for an “ace”. Could you believe it?
The match was level at 4 points each.
John and Cecil headed to the first tee to play the tie hole(s). The first was halved with pars.
On the second, the Rockmount man sank a long putt for his par. The only man left to play was John McDowell.
He faced a”20 footer” from the mound on the left of the green. He hit his putt dead on line but away too hard.
The ball hit the hole, jumped up into the air and dropped into the cup for a winning birdie.
What a match! It’s games like that which make inter-club matches so enjoyable.
Banbridge now go forward into the semi-final where they will meet either Mourne or Tandragee.