Malone win at Lisburn

​Malone have defeated Warrenpoint to win the Ulster Final of the AIG Junior Cup​

  • 31 August 2019

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Dark clouds heralded the arrival of some torrential rain as the 3 o'clock tee off time approached. With the help of volunteers the first 5 greens were cleared to enable play to get underway. As is so often the case in finals it was a closely contested match with neither side confident of victory until the last match on the 18th green. Colm Campbell Jnr's Warrenpoint  team started well in the early stages of the final but Philip O'Sullivans Malone side battled back to close out the narrowest of victories.

Brother Stephen Campbell in match number 1 built an early 3 hole lead but was pegged back by Luke O'Sullivan from Malone by the 10th. The match continued right to the 18th with O'Sullivan securing the 1st point on the board for Malone.

Match number 2 saw Shane McMahon taking on the talented Under 14 Fionn Dobbin. Fionn got his nose in front on the first hole and played some great golf using his short game skills to win his match on the 17th hole.
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Match number 3 between Vincent Toner and Ben Connolly of Malone and Match number 4 between Dee Morgan and Marco Deane of Malone whilst swopping holes in the early stages once into the back nine was always going to go Warrenpoints way. Both matches ended in 3&2 victories to Warrenpoint bring the scores level at 2 matches each.

Match 5 between Niall McGivern for Warrenpoint and Jamie Thompson for Malone became the centre of attraction for the large number of spectators from both clubs who had turned out to support their teams. The early holes had gone McGiverns way but by the 9th the tables had begun to turn. Eventually by the 17th hole Thompson teed off 2 holes up with 2 to play. It was at this stage that Fioon Dobbin of Malone or rather his golf bag nearly turned the final on its head. McGivern's pulled his approach to the 17th well left of the green and heading for bushes only to hit Dobbins golf bag on the full and ricochet back onto the green to 5 feet from the flag. Needless to say McGivern rolled the putt in for the most unlikely of birdies to force the match down the 18th. With McGivern needing to win the hole Thompson's par was enough to see Malone through to the finals in Westport.

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