Killymurris Glarryford claim Nelson Cup final glory

KILLYMURRIS Glarryford claimed the final piece of silverware of the Ballymena & District Churches League season when they beat Buckna by six shots to win the Nelson Cup.

Killymurris Glarryford celebrate their Nelson Cup success after beating Buckna in last week's final.

Glarryford surged into an early lead with all four of their rinks winning their opening ends, bagging a total of 14 shots in the process, but Buckna chipped away steadily at the deficit and by the interval, they were only three shots in arrears.

Buckna continued their challenge in the second half, and at one stage, Glarryford were trailing by three shots when the rink skipped by A Hamill dropped six shots in the sixth end against D Dunlop, whose rink went on to win 11-7 overall.

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Meanwhile, in the league, First Broughshane have clinched the runners-up position, despite suffering a defeat by the champions First Ahoghill in what might have been a potential title decider, until Ahoghill pulled clear in the closing weeks of the season.

Latest results are:

Ballymena Methodist 31 (2.5), St Patrick’s Ballymena 31 (2.5): M Arbuthnut 10, D Balmer 6; A Bacon 13, S Smyth 4; J Simms 6, D McCullough 9; R Dickson 2, D McNeill 12.

Glenwherry 44 (5), Cuningham ‘A’ 25 (0): A Crawford 10, L McIlroy 9; L Davidson 12, G Logan 5; S Bonnar 11, D Ferguson 6; S McIlwaine 11, S McKee 5.

Glenwherry 35 (2), Grange 40 (3): R Crawford 7, R Greer 13; L Davidson 9, A McCombe 8; A Bonnar 13, H McCullough 9; S McIlwaine 6, R Duffin 10.

First Ahoghill 40 (4), First Broughshane 28 (1): T Morrison 10, D Calderwood 11; W Morrison 10, T McClintock 2; A Morrison 9, J Gaston 8; D Morrison 11, A Davidson 7.

Cloughwater 42 (5), Cullybackey Methodist ‘B’ 20 (0): G Kirk 12, R McClean 4; G McCarthy 8, R Stewart 7; D Turtle 9, W Reid 5; W Adams 13, A Reid 4.

Cuningham ‘B’ 43 (3), Killymurris Carnlea 35 (2): H Lynn 9, J Campbell 12; J Kerr 7, D McCullough 11; B Russell 11, W Crawford 8; B Lynn 16, D Kernohan 4.

LEAGUE TABLE

First Ahoghill, played 21, points 87; First Broughshane 20-72; Cuningham ‘B’ 21-69.5; Buckna 21-67; Killymurris Glarryford 21-62.5; Grange 19-60.5; Killymurris Carnlea 21-60.5; Cullybackey Methodist ‘A’ 21-60; Cloughwater 21-57.5; Craigs 21-55.5; Second Broughshane ‘A’ 20-55; Connor 20-52.5; Harryville MF 21-48.5; Ballymena Methodist 20-47; Glenwherry 19-46.5; Clough ‘A’ 20-40; High Kirk 20-38.5; Cuninghan ‘A’ 21-38.5; St Patrick’s Ballymena 20-36.5; Second Broughshane ‘B’ 20-28.5; Cullybackey Methodist ‘B’ 20-25; Clough ‘B’ 20-14.5.