MIXED EMOTIONS FOR BREADY AS LEAGUE WON BUT CUP EXIT

It was a bitter-sweet experience for Bready at the weekend as they experienced the highs of a Premiership title on Saturday, followed by the lows 24 hours later as they were knocked out of the Senior Cup by Eglinton in a last-ball thriller.

Skipper Davy Scanlon reflected on a campaign of which he was justifiably proud.

“It was brilliant to go unbeaten in the league and win it for the second time,” he began. “We lost five players from the 2018 winning side, so we took a few years to rebuild and promote youth throughout. Two 15 year-olds played a major part in the season with a few more playing in certain games which is excellent to see the conveyor belt of youth still providing first team cricketers .

“Everyone chipped in this year and pushed us through to win, but a special mention to Ian Young making a comeback nine years after breaking his leg. It’s a really proud moment for the players and club to win it for him.”

Sunday’s loss saw Bready post 191 with half centuries from David Rankin and himself, but crucially there were five overs left unused, and that was to prove crucial in the final analysis. The club had also lost the T20 Cup semi-final against Brigade earlier in the campaign.

“We were 10-20 runs short between the two semi-finals which is disappointing, especially against Eglinton. We probably saved our worst performance for our last game, but take nothing away from Eglinton who came out hard and deserved their victory.

“We will take some time to reflect this winter and come back hard next year. Plans are in place already with the squad and the boys will have extra motivation to go all the way in every competition after missing out this year.

“Finally, it was a very sombre moment lifting the cup without Lawrence Moore there. Condolences to Lawro (our friend and colleague) and the entire family circle.”