Brilliant finish at Balmoral

BRENDAN Meade took his Ulster Cup squad to Balmoral last Sunday for the first leg of their first round match.

This was a tough draw as Balmoral have a great record in the Ulster Cup. The local team’s performance exceeded all expectations.

Timothy Beattie lost 4 and 3.

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John McDowell, 5 up at one stage, got a valuable half point.

Cameron Morton lost 4 and 3.

Dennis Lockhart, an Ulster Cup veteran, won 2 up.

Cathal O’Neill lost 6 and 5.

Gareth McGregor won 2 up.

Gary McCartney won 4 and 2.

Banridge and Balmoral have three and a half points each.

The second leg will be played at Banbridge next Sunday.

It’s early days but this team looks the part. A good run in the Ulster Cup would be something to savour.