Back on the baize Stephen Cunningham got the South Armagh men off to the perfect start in Newry when he played some good pool to beat Johnny Adams but that was anything but a spring board for his team mates.
Jason Lennon is bang on form now and he had no problem destroying Micky Teggart to level the score at 1-1. Mark Shevlin had only just finished showing mates his new tan when Gavin McNally gave TJ's D a deserved lead.
TJ's D pushed on and Niall O'Hare had a welcome win before he jets off to the European Pool Championships in France which kicks off Monday 15th. Sean Og Duffy is a great potter but O'Hare is lethal in an open game and took it some lovely shots for a 3-1 TJ's lead.
Matty Cartmill was brilliant when he beat Tom Magennis for 4-1 and Adrian Annett beat the brutal Stephen Murphy to seal a fairly handy nights work.
Davy Hanna was cruising when he beat Paddy McCann to make it 6-1. Killeavy put a bit of respectability on the scoreline when Darren O'Hanlon and Pat Quinn had good wins over Nicky Irwin and Philly Cousins. 6-3 was a good result Killeavy because the way they played it could have been a whole lot more embarrassing.
Division 1 league leaders Bears cruised into the next round of the Cunningham Cup with a comprehensive victory over an inconsistent Murphys.
Garry Powell, Paddy Caldwell and Sean McKevitt put home side Bears 3-0 up. Paddy Holywood, Shane Murphy and Brian Harte on the receiving end.
Barry McNally pulled 1 back for Murphy's when he beat Adrian Oz Holman but it was Bears that turned the screw. Neill 'Baby Faced Assassin' Heaney made it 4-1 and Seamus Keenan fired the impressive Bears into the exit round when they beat Brian Larkin and Sheila Johnston respectively.
Ryan McIlroy pulled another back to make it 5-2 thanks to a good win over Paddy Rodgers. But it was Bears that ran out the rest of the frames for an easy 7-2 win. Ralph Crummy and Paddy Heaney beating Kieran Larkin and Kevin Crilly in the final 2 frames.
Sheepbridge nearly made hard work of what should have been a very routine win over Carrickcruppen in the Cunningham Cup. Sheepbridge cruised into a 4-1 lead but the deck chairs came out and 'Cruppen' made the bowling club sweat for the win.
Paddy Tavey signed for France where he will be playing in the European Pool Championships with a good win over a Barry McAllister. McAllister is certainly no world beater so Tavey didn't have to get out of 2nd gear.
Ex-Corrinshego legend Bernie Magee is having a season to forget and he lost out to Ian McDonald to square up the match. McDonald has had a mixed season himself but but had enough to see off Magee.
Sheepbridge hit back with vengeance and Harvey Lavelle played some excellent stuff to beat Martin McVeigh and put his old team on the back foot. Dermot Lonergan was too crafty for Pat Byrne who has no plan 'B' when he can't pot his way to success and that left it 3-1 Sheepbridge.
Pat Brady had another very easy night when he crushed John Brannigan for 4-1. The impressive Jamie Lavelle is having a cracking season and he played some fantastic pool to beat Barry Duffy to pull it back to 4-2. Tommy Lavelle put the game back the the melting pot when he slowed the free flowing Niall McVerry down to a snails pace and it was 4-3.
Alas the dream of a shock win was over the brilliant Conor O'Hare got the match winning 5th frame for his Sheepbridge team. Stephen Lavelle is 1 of Carrickcuppen's better players and why he played last is a bit of a mystery. He had a good win over Gwyn Trainor to leave the scoring at 6-3 Sheepbridge.
Orchard Bar had a very good win in CWC to seal their Cunningham Cup place in the next round. Karl McGuinness got Orchard Bar off to brilliant start when he got his now customary win over Kieran McMahon. McGuinness certainly has the hoodoo over McMahon and it was the dream start his Rathfriland road side were looking for.
Gerald Cregan and Pat Hughes hit back for CWC when the played superbly to beat Tony McGovern and Darren McCloskey. It was game on now!
Lee Irvine is playing well and he levelled up the match at 2-2 when he beat Marty McClelland.
Sean McCaul and David Cromie put the visitor on the hill after wins over PJ Gilmore and Paul Kelland put Orchard 4-2 up.
Mervyn Kernaghan is a good solid player and the experienced campaigner sent his Orchard side through after a close game with Tommy Rooney. Brendan Devlin made it 5-2 before Ritchie Crawford nailed the half dozen after Kieran Cunningham and John McClorey faded away with CWC's Cunningham cup dreams.
All the results are online now. Back to league action next week.