Promotion prize now on the cards

Portadown players before the Alwood Shield final.
Portadown players before the Alwood Shield final.

Portadown moved within reach of a second successive promotion by claiming 5.5 points from the visit to BETS.

The 93-73 victory has put Portadown one point behind promoted Banbridge entering the closing two fixtures of the NIBA Division Four campaign.

Eddie Bowles, Wayne Dougan, Robert Hobson and Robert Cassells proved on level terms on seven occasions before a 21-21 draw.

Tom Patterson, Drew Boyd, Barney McCartan and Noel Quinn opened with a five-shot haul then scored four on the 12th to lead 14-11.

BETS posted wins on four ends before sealing success by 24-17.

David Millsopp, Seamus McCaffrey, Nixon Armstrong and Noel Orr moved clear by 7-0 but BETS hit back four times before a 13-1 return by Portadown. BETS cut the gap to three shots but Portadown edged home by 22-19.

Andrew Millar, Billy McClean, Bob Robinson and Errol Whitten managed to restrict BETS to five scoring ends as Portadown held a lead of 11-7 before eight consecutive wins for a 33-9 triumph.

Portadown A finished ahead of Lurgan by 77-74 with a tally of four points to effectively cement third in NIBA Division One.

Chris Duff, Joe Corrigan, Paul Whittle and Mark Sproule secured 28-11 to help cover defeats on other fronts.

Lurgan held a 6-3 advantage before two successive counts of five to sit clear by 22-8 before a 28-11 victory.

Portadown’s Alwood Shield final finished in a victory for Dunbarton.

Dunbarton men entered the Lurgan final having wrapped up the NI Private Greens League Senior Cup the previous night.

Portadown worked hard across the first five ends, with just three shots the difference before Dunbarton dominated the closing stages to move on from an 18-shot lead by 10 to seal success on 29.

Dunbarton hit back from an early setback to hold a 15-5 lead over Kieran Trainor’s rink towards the 19-9 success.

Richard McMullan held level terms by the halfway stage at nine apiece and the two teams remained hard to divide up to 12 ahead of Dunbarton success.

Aidan Corrigan’s rink suffered disappointment to sit 11-2 behind by six before a Portadown fightback closed the deficit to 13-10 at 12.

However, the loss of five shots on the 13th end proved crucial in a 19-11 reverse.

Sean Trainor’s four battled to sit 8-6 down by the halfway point and the gap was pushed to 13-6 as Dunbarton eased home by 20-13.

The Alwood Shield was sponsored by Alfred Briggs - with Dunbarton, Portadown, Lisnagarvey and Rathfriland dividing the prize pot.

The host club presented a cheque for £486 to Meningitis Now, with thanks to everyone who took part and Alwood Ltd.