Donemana set up a replay of last year’s Senior Cup decider following last weekend’s win over Coleraine.
Their appearance in the senior cup final was their third in four years, and when Brigade won the other semi final against Drummond, Richard Kee’s men had added incentive to win their clash.
Despite a heavy league defeat at the same venue just weeks earlier, the visitors turned the form book on its head as Kee and Andy McBrine lifted their side from a precarious 99 for 5 chasing 187 to a 5-wicket win. You could sense the relief in the Donemana camp because to be brutally honest their season had been fairly indifferent up to that point.
“Saturday was a huge result for us, make no mistake about that” Kee suggested.
“We bowled and fielded well and even though we restricted Coleraine to 187 we felt we had let them off the hook at that. Still, we knew if we batted sensibly we would get the runs and despite a scare that’s what we did”.
A repeat of last year’s final seems to suit the Donemana skipper who suggested that the buzz of anticipation is just as strong as ever.
“No question that no matter who you play the Senior Cup Final is a huge occasion and remains as special for players and club members regardless of how many times you play in one.
“We had a big night on Saturday at the club to celebrate reaching another final and while we are really looking forward to it we will be ready for action again come the weekend.”