TJ's A opened up a 2 point lead at the top of the Premier League. Jack Courtney moved up to 1st on the TJ's playlist after Laurence McAlinden was away giving Northern Ireland pool champion Ronan McCarthy a great game in Portadown. Courtney made short work of John Little to put the visiting TJ's A 1-0 up against Hustlers.
That was the start of a demolition job in Bellinis as Manny Byrne, Tristan Byrne & Declan McMahon put TJ's 4-0 up. Barry Murphy, Kevin Magee and Tucker Hughes were the Hustlers players on the receiving end.
The late arrival of Laurence McAlinden who was buzzing after his match with McCarthy put him on another level as he hammered Dee Kearney to wrap up 2pts with a 5-0 score. Shane McAllister is playing brilliant pool lately and TJ's captain Declan McConville couldn't contain the free potting of McAllister to pull a frame back for Hustlers.
Stevie Noade reclaimed his place in the TJ's team as he beat the impressive Cathal McCoy with McCoy tasting a rare defeat. League Secretary Micky Cunningham returned from exile to show his Hustlers team mates what they'd been missing with a terrific performance against Darren Devlin. His fantastic win only took the bad look off a disappointing result as it finished 6-2 TJ's A.
The match of the day was undoubtedly Sheepbridge versus Whitecross. The 4-4 result did little for either teams title ambitions as they lost ground on the free scoring TJ's A.
Whitecross travelled to Sheepbridge with a bit of a dip in form of late and a draw against a very strong bowling alley squad will probably be seen as a good result all round.
Cathal Phelan took the early frame against old Corrinshego team mate Seamus McGeoghegan. Both excellent tacticians but it was Phelan that took the chance to put Whitecross 1-0 up.
Dermot Lonergan and Shane Phelan have both had indifferent starts to the season and it was Lonergan who drew the bowlers level. Marty O'Callaghan is 1 of the inform players of the Premier Division with only 1 league defeat and his victory over one of the leagues best players - Harvey Lavelle should have been a major lift for the visiting Whitecross but their 2-1 lead evaporated in quick fashion.
Barry Duffy took advantage of Paddy O'Callaghans barren spell to draw the game level and the brilliant Pat Brady put Sheepbridge into the lead for the 1st time when he breezed past Michael Feenan and it was 3-2.
Paddy Tavey is just returning to a bit of good form after a dodgy start to the season and he played well to beat the classy Alan Burke and open up a 4-2 lead for Sheepbridge.
Where Whitecross lack in quality they certainly make up for in grit and determination. Brian O'Neill was able to hold Niall McVerry to a re-spotted black after 20mins had elapsed and O'Neill was able to pull it back to 4-3.
Mickey O'Hanlon was been in superb form for the South Armagh side this season but Bernie Magee was a regular league winner in the most productive years in the Corrinshego era. But after another 20mins has passed the 2 players could not be seperated. O'Hanlon took the chance when it fell and how crucial might that point be for Whitecross come the end season?
McGuigan's A moved to within striking distance of the leaders TJ's A and joined Whitecross on 10 points albeit with an extra game played. Killeavy GAC are always a threat but the Newry side were always in control here.
Paul 'Bunty' O'Callaghan has proved a super signing already and he put McGuigans 1-0 up when he gave Darren O'Hanlon his 1st defeat of the season. What a signing O'Callaghan may prove to be as the ex-Corrinshego star is a natural winner.
Stephen Cunningham squared up the match with a hard fought victory of captain Kieran Hanna. Hanna who was last seen rocking with U2 and bono tells a story with his dip in form? its lucky for him that his team mates are covering his back.
Brendan Healy and the impressive Brian Campbell are 2 players doing well and they put the visiting McGuigan's 3-1 up with wins over good potter Mark Shevlin and Stephen Murphy.
Tom Mageniss made it a double disappoinment for the Hanna household when he beat young Ciaran and Killeavy were back in the match at 3-2 to McGuigan's.
But it was to be no points for Killeavy this time out as the efficient McGuigan's stormed to the tape. Gerard McGuigan and Paul McAreavey sealed the 2pts with wins over Kevin Flynn and Pat Quinn' struggling for form at the minute. 5-2 was job done for McGuigan's A and a Paddy McCann final frame win over Damien Flanagan did little to improve the mood in Killeavy. Result - 6-2 McGuigan's A.
The big Derby game between Dan's C and Carrickcruppen could well be an early relegation 4-pointer and it was Dan's who got the spoils. Dan's C blazed into a 3-0 lead and then 4-1 but still 'Cruppen' took it to the final frame.
Individual winner James O'Hagan gave the homesters Dan's the lead when he defeated the unlucky Jamie Lavelle. Shane McMahon and Seamus Graham played brilliant pool to beat Stephen Lavelle and Pat Byrne.
Dan's were cruising but Jim Brannigan beat Terry Pheonix to pull the score back to 3-1 for Dan's C. Chris Smith made it 4-1 when he out potted Aaron O'Callaghan.
The experienced Martin McVeigh and Barry McAllister suddenly made the game very interesting when the 2 McVerry's tasted home defeat. Jimmy & Seamus couldn't get Dan's over the line and now 'Cruppen' looked good for the draw.
Seamus Tumilty sealed the points when he hammered paul Hughesand ease Dan's C up the table and a point above the relegation zone and 3 ahead of bottom club Carrickcruppen.
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Could all teams remember to put the full names of players on the team sheets. That includes Dan's C.! Please Note That the last 64 of pairs games will be held on Thursday 10th Dec.