Whitecross plunged to new lows after being simply obliterated by a rampant CWC A. Whitecross started the season slowly under the new stewardship of Michael Feenan. He managed to lure the 2 Phelan's back into the set up and all the signs were there for a very promising season. After some terrible team selections Whitecross took a few humiliating defeats before picking up 7 points from 8 but but they have hit the wall again with defeat after defeat culminating in an 8-0 slaughtering to CWC on Thursday night. Gavin Malone has been having a torrid 1st half of the season and it was probably a good decision to scrafice him to Kieran McMahon and it was no surprise CWC A took a 1 nil lead. Martin O'Callaghan is having a decent season and he was taking on a Declan McConville that has lost his fair share this season. It was huge blow for Whitecross when McConville doubled CWC's lead to 2-0.
Captain Michael Feenan had his work cut out against Paddy Clarke. Luckily Clarke's finish made its way onto social media and we could enjoy the exhibition pool as he destroyed Feenan to make it 3-0. A truly terrible decision by Feenan was playing Mickey O'Hanlon 4th. He was playing his 1st game of the season and opponent Seamus McGeoghegan has been fairly steady. It was a game the 'Cross' lads badly needed but it slipped by and it was 4-0. Shane Phelan went into the 5th frame Whitecross' top scorer with 8 wins from 9 and he was taking on former team mate from last year Harvey Lavelle. Lavelle has been solid and when he is psyched he can be almost unbeatable. It was Lavelle that wrapped up the 2 points at 5-0. Gareth McCann got hammered by Pat Brady who took his tally to an amazing 10 wins from 10 games and that was 6-0. Alan Burke couldn't prevent Bernie Magee making it 7-0. Brian O'Neill with 1 league win all season was never going to stop the Whitewash when he met the in form Paddy Tavey with 8 wins from 10 now and it was a stunning 8-0 embarrassment for Whitecross. Relegation for Whitecross at the start of the season was unthinkable but after 10 games they are only 1 point off 2nd from bottom and really have been sucked into the relegation battle.
Sparks were flying as the scrap for 2nd place intensified Thursday night. With Orchard on a bit of a roll lately the pressure was on Dan's and Hustlers when they clashed in this massive game. It's all or nothing with Michael Green and his wide open style was perfect for Billy O'Neill to exploit and Hustlers had the lead. That was only Billy's 2nd league win of the season. Son Ciaran O'Neill has turned into fine player and he destroyed Barney Preece to double Hustlers lead to 2-0. That's an impressive 7 wins from 9 league games for young O'Neill. The home side Dan's were off the mark when James O'Hagan picked up an 8th league win of the season, with Shane McAllister's 5 game winning streak coming to an end. Damien Kearney with his 7th league win had Hustlers 3-1 up and the half way point. Niall Connolly with his 6th loss in 9 games he's played. Cathal McCoy has the unwanted record of longest losing run in the Hustlers squad when he bagged his 4th defeat in a row. Seamus McVerry was too classy and McVerrys 7th win from 9 closed the gap to 3-2. After 3 defeats on the trot and a night on the subs bench Damien 'Diddles' McArdle has come back with 2 wins in a row now. He beat Paddy O'Callaghan who has only 3 league wins this season. 4-2 Hustlers. It was the tale of the 2 captains when League Secretary Micky Cunningham took on Jimmy McVerry . Hustlers supremo Cunningham made a mistake and McVerry did enough to get his 3rd win in a row and his side only trailed by a frame with 1 to go. Kevin Magee has been in scintillating form this season for Hustlers. Going into this final frame decider Magee had 7 wins from 9 while opponent Niall O'Hagan had 2 wins from 7. Pool will always throw up its surprises. The underdog nearly always gets a chance. O'Hagan got the run of the ball and picked up his 3rd win to salvage a draw for Dan's in a firey encounter. Passions were high during and after the match and the Christmas break has come at a good time for everyone. Orchard kept their super run going and moved up in 2nd in the Premier Division with a routine win in the Bears.
Nigel Malcomson, Mervyn Kernaghan and David Cromie launched Orchard into a 3-0 lead. Adrian Holman beat Tony McGovern to make it 3-1 but there was never any fear of a Bears comeback. PJ McDanial and Richie Crawford sewed up the 2 points with the minimum of fuss at 5-1. We took no pleasure in highlighting in our Premier Division blog last week that the very talented Anthony Morgan had yet to pick up a league win this season. We are now delighted to tell you all that his maiden win has duly arrived when Christmas came early for Morgan on Thursday night. He did it in style too against the very reliable Brendy Devlin. That made it 5-2. Noel Brown beat Neil Heaney in the final frame to make it 6-2. After Orchards slow start to the season they are flying now. Incredibly they are one of the few teams to lose to Whitecross. Trainor's dropped a point in their quest for 2nd place. Only 2 points off runner-up spot, Trainor's would have fancied the task of taking maximum points off their fellow newly promoted rivals Ballyholland. Trainers took the opening 2 frames thanks to Noel Bradley then Tommy Mooney. Mooney can be well pleased with his 9th win from 10 matches. Jim McMahon and Giby Vettiankal levelled the game 2-2 with half the frames still to go. Mark Trainor edged the Camlough side in front but it was all square after 6 when young sharp shooter Niall McQuillan levelled for 3-3. The ever reliable Manny Kelly gave Ballyholland the lead for the 1st time on the night but they were denied their 2nd league win when Liam Bradley beat Dave McAvoy in the final frame to take a share of the spoils. Enjoy your Christmas break. There will be a Division 1 and 2 update in the coming days and some massive blogs of the festive break including the previews of every single individuals match.
PS; Dont forget the 1st and 2nd Divisional Cups Preliminary rounds are to be played on Thursday 4th January 2018 and Individuals are now changed to be played on Thursday 11th January.
Names are now being taken for the pairs competion this year it is £10.00 per pair and all names must be back by Monday 8th jan 2018 Thanks.