TJ's A recently lost their 60 game unbeaten run that almost lasted 2 full seasons but a defeat to Trainor's Bar was just unthinkable.
The game started with TJ's A captain Declan McConville taking on an old Corrinshego foe in Tommy Mooney. It's a good job McConville wrote out the team sheet because apart from chalking his cue all he did was watch on in awe as Mooney broke and proceeded to clear the table. It was a masterclass show from Mooney as he fired in a glorious break and dish out a hammering to McConville and Trainor's had a 1-0 head start.
Jack Courtney enjoyed another good season with the Premier Champions and he renewed an old acquaintence in Declan Finnegan. There's no doubting Finnegan is a quality player but it was still a surprise when he doubled Trainor's lead to 2-0.
No sweat, TJ's have been he before but when the pressure hit Tristan Byrne Marty Pollock was on hand to wrap up another frame and now bums were starting to twitch on the TJ's corner. 3-0
The sight of TJ's legend Manny Byrne coming on 4th was about as welcome as an ice cube in a Sahara heatwave for the quadruple trophy holders. Byrne has been dishing for fun this season, while Mark Trainor has had a very solid season anything other than a Byrne win would be cataclysmic for TJ's. But the dark clouds started descending as Mark Trainor catapulted himself to legendry status as he put Trainor's Bar of Camlough on the hill and within 1 frame of one of the most astonishing wins in the history of the Newry and District Pool League.
Raymie McKenna hasn't ruffled too many feathers for TJ's this season and he looked dead in the water when Luke Phelan played brilliant pool and hung the black and left McKenna had no pot on his last ball. But a crazy hit and hope shot saw McKenna fluke his last ball and he only had to roll in the black and it was 4-1.
Laurence McAlinden is enjoying a quality season with TJ's A and sometimes he slips under the radar because he produces his pool on the baize and not on social media. It was no surprise when McAlinden pegged it back to 4-2 when he comfortably beat Marty McCone.
Stevie Noade has lost his fair sure for TJ's and again it looked like Trainor's were going to fall over the line but Noade did well against a tenacious Charlie Doherty and it was game on at 4-3.
Eugene McDermott is another player who has come in and out of the TJ's line-up this past couple of seasons and he was taking on Collie Rafferty who is a very good potter. McDermott just had the quality to draw the game level and the Trainor's miracle dream win was in tatters.
Like all true champions TJ's hit back when they were most against the wall. Stevie Teggart won the final frame against Oliver Lonergan to complete an incredible as TJ's battled over the line 5-4 to book their place the Vegas Cup final.
The other semi-final was a bit more straight forward. The Indo did brilliantly to scrap their way to the semis but against Sheepbridge the city side were in awe as the wheels well and truly came off.
B. McVerry, Niall McVerry, Harvey Lavelle, Bernie Magee, Barry Duffy and Seamus McGeoghegan smashed Indo to give Sheepbridge a 6-0 lead.
Gerard Connell won Indo's 1st frame of the night to make it 6-1.
Paddy Tavey wasn't for easing up though as he tagged on the 7th Sheepbridge frame before Eamon Pollock put a small element of respectability on the score at 7-2.
The Vegas Cup see's the top 2 teams in the league go head to head so this could be a cracker all roads lead to Bellinis On thursday 26th May for the showdown between TJ's A v Sheepbridge
Newry Pool league Presention Night Will Be Held In CWC Club On Friday 1st July.