CWC B are on course for the Division 2 league title after they received their bumper Christmas bonus last Thursday night. CWC B beat Madden's comfortably 6-2 but Christmas came early when all their title rivals either lost or drew.
Emmett McParland, Chris Cunningham and Raymond Sands had hosts CWC B 3-1 up. D O'Callaghan and Sean Curran tried to make a game of it when the Madden's pair pulled it back to 3-2.
Kieran Cunningham, Barry Kelland and Calium McParland made no mistake when they eased CWC to the finish line for a 6-2 win.
While CWC B had little trouble pocketing their 7th win of the campaign the real drama's were happening elsewhere starting with Millvale Arms when they took on Cavern Bar.
Millvale went into the game unbeaten but 5 draws from the 9 games had been their Achilles heel. Cavern had 6 wins, 2 defeats and a single draw. Both teams were joint 2nd in the league 2 points off CWC so this game was massive in the title race.
It turned out to be one of the most bizarre games of the season as Millvale got straight into their groove to rattle Cavern Bar.
Danny Trainor beat Joe Campbell in the night's opening frame to put the Millvale hosts 1 up.
The reliable Paul Rowland and Gary Gibney made it 3-0. Stephen Byrne and James Kenny losing out for Cavern.
A home point was secured when the excellent Colly McCann beat Ryan Brown for a stunning 4-0 lead.
This top of the table clash looked like it was turning into a demolition job, especially as Millvale had some big hitters yet to play.
Mathew Cregan is the Cavern captain and he was captain courageous when he beat a talented Tommy O'Hanlon to make it 4-1.
Damon Murphy is a super player and his defeat of the simply magnificent Killian McDonald planted seeds of doubt in the Millvale minds. 4-2.
Michael McGoldrick is a good steady player and he was slight favourite against Joe Byrne. Byrne wasn't phased and the Cavern cueist pulled it back to 4-3.
It was squeaky bum time for Millvale. It does happen but it is rare that a team throws away a 4 frame lead. Especially rare when your unbeaten and challenging for the title.
Kieran Hillen and Darren Laird would battle it out for hero status. Laird has played a solid part in the Cavern title challenge. The neat potter held his nerve to sink Hillen and keep Cavern in the hunt for Division 2 title honours.
When Glen held St. Monnina to a draw the chance was there for McSwiggan's to close the gap at the top. McSwiggan's hosted their match with a Dan's Rebels side who had only 1 win but had 5 draws prior to this game.
The way other results had fallen McSwiggan's needed a win that would bring them to within a point of 2nd place but they could find themselves a massive 6 points off top spot if they lost.
McSwiggan's got off to the worst possible start. Joe Finnegan, Gary Cregan, Ryan Lennon and Henry McLoughlin all lost to leave McSwiggan's not only a mountain to climb in this match but their title challenge was in tatters. Sean O'Callaghan, Patrick Crimmins, Gerard Hughes and the experienced Terry Phoenix all showing no Christmas mercy when they ripped their hosts to threads.
Calum Murphy hadn't thrown in the towel though. He showed some fighting spirit with a fine potting display against Seamus Tumilty to make it 4-1.
There was to be no pre-Christmas miracle though as the usually reliable Gary Clarke lost out to Chris McCormick and the 2 points were for export.
Stephen Wylie is a super player but his win was too little too late. He reduced the arrears to 5-2 When he defeated Raymond Flynn.
Barry Boyle gave the Rebels a convincing scoreline of 6-2 When he beat Andrew Connolly.
McSwiggan's will be gutted to have lost this game. They need to regroup and come out stronger in the new year. Winning division 2 is extremely unlikely now but promotion isn't out of the equation just yet.
Armagh/Down are one of the in form sides going into the Christmas break. They trailed lacklustre Nifty Fifty 2-1 before going through the gears to put themselves in promotion contention after a slow start to the season.
Declan Magee took the opening frame and it took James Clarke to level after 4 frames.
John Rogers gave Armagh/Down the lead for the 2nd time but it was all square after 6 frames.
The very reliable John Magee put the Monaghan Street side 4-3 up going into the finale.
With a name like Axel Foley you need to be producing the goods and the Armagh/Down sharpshooter duly obliged with a cool calm display to earn 2 very valuable points for his side. It was a super win for Armagh/Down and they even did it with the brilliant Willie Andrews on the subs bench. Things are on the up for the Monaghan Street challengers.
Happy Christmas to all our members and have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.
Look out for our next blog which will be on our Christmas no.1