Headlines: In Premier Division Orchard Hammer Dan's
Hustlers back on track
Feenan's failures fail again
Big result in Division 1 for Bosco over promotion rivals Johnny Murphy's
St. Monnina keep pressure on
In Division 2 Cavern win crunch tie at the top
St. Monnina B have promotion spot in their sights
Nifty Fifty nick final frame draw to dent Millvale title challenge
With CWC A having their game against Ballyholland postponed until Tuesday night it was an opportunity for Hustlers and Dan's A to close the 4 point gap.
Hustlers were taking on bottom club Bears. The mighty Bears were on the crest of a wave after getting their 1st point of the season last week when the drew with 2nd from bottom Ballyholland.
Garry Powell is a quality player but it was only his 2nd win of the season that gave Bears a surprise lead away in Hustlers. Billy O'Neill picking up his 3rd defeat from the 4 league games he's played.
Barry Murphy restored parity when he beat Anthony Morgan. Amazingly Morgan has lost all 9 of his league games this season. He'll be well glad to see the Christmas break. 1-1.
Damien 'Diddles' McArdle won his 1st frame since he won against the Orchard Bar 5 games ago. He beat Seamus Keenan who is really down on his luck lately.
Cathal McCoy picked up his 3rd defeat in a row as Ralf Crummy levelled the scores 2-2.
Shane McAllister is one of the in form players at the minute and his 5th win in 5 games put Hustlers in the lead 3-2. Paul Murphy his latest victim.
Damien Kearney who has lost his last 3 games was dropped to the subs bench but a tactical move by Micky Cunningham
took kearney off the subs bench and it was 4-2 when kearney beat Adrian 'Oz' Holman and the Bears were struggling from there on.
Ciaran O'Neill and Neil Heaney are both in very good form this season but it was the Hustlers sharp shooter O'Neill that picked up his 6th league win and banked 2 points for Hustlers. 5-2.
Kevin Magee has been nothing short of sensational this season. His opponent Eddie Heaney had only one win so far so this frame was never in doubt. Magee improved his record to 8 wins from 9 games to round off another routine win for outside title contenders Hustlers.
Now it was up to Dan's A to keep up with Hustlers and attempt to close the gap on CWC to 2 points.
Dan's travelled out to Orchard Bar and thanks to Barney Preece's 6th league win of the season it was 1-0 to the visitors. Tony McGovern lost his 3rd game in his 4 played so far.
Nigel Malcomson and David Cromie settled the home side to lead 2-1. Robbie Toman losing firstly then Seamus McVerry losing for only the 2nd time in 8 matches for Dan's.
Jimmy McVerry is playing superb pool and the Dan's captain levelled when he beat the intelligent Lee Irvine. 2-2.
It was Orchard that regrouped and pushed for the line.
Mervyn Kernaghan had the win of the night beating former individual winner James O'Hagan. O'Hagan as reported in our midweek blog was on 7 wins from 8 but Kernaghan is a great tactician and he put Orchard 3-2 Up.
PJ McDanial and Michael Green was always going to be a shoot out and it was McDanial on his home table that put Orchard 4-2 up with his 5th league win in the process.
Richie Crawford is a far superior player to the free potting but very open Niall Connolly even if Crawfords record doesn't prove this. The win was never in doubt as Crawford improved his tally to just 2 wins in his last 5.
Niall O'Hagan with only his 3rd league win beat Noel Brown in the last frame. It was too little too late as Orchard sealed a superb 5-3 win and are now right bang in the mix for 2nd spot
Michael Feenans Captiancy has hit rock bottom we could hear the chants from whitecross (Feenan Out Feenan out)
as his men failed once again on the green baise; we here on the blog think Gavin malone should return as Captian.
Trainor's in Camlough stuffed Whitecross Bar in a mid-table clash that left Michael Feenan's hill billies in dire straights.
Cathal Phelan beat his Dad Lukie in the opener to give Whitecross the lead. Phelan lost his first 3 of the season but 6 wins in a row had given The 'Cross' false hope.
Tommy Mooney levelled against Noel Donaldson and thus took his personal tally to 8 wins from 9.
Michael Feenan got a good result against Mark Trainor to give his home team a 2-1 lead.
Mickey Nugent and Martin O'Callaghan are both in form and Nugents win was a massive heart breaker for Whitecross.
Niall McVerry beat Alan Burke with his 6th win of the season for 3-2 Trainor's.
Shane Phelan has been one of the outstanding players of the season so far and he cracked in win no.8 from 9 against Brendan McNally to make it 3-3. Whitecross captain Michael Feenan had played all his cards and was left with Brian O'Neill and Gavin Malone.
Liam Bradley started out favourite against O'Neill and it was no surprise Bradley made it 4-3 Trainor's, with all the pressure on Malone to rescue his side a point.
Noel Bradley and Malone had 4 wins each ahead of this finale. Malone has bottled a few deciders already this year and he was at it again as Bradley wrapped up 2 very valuable points and opened up a 3 point gap on Whitecross.
Feenan's side are in free fall and they will be delighted to see the Christmas break coming. The self proclaimed Tornado needs to stop criticizing his team mates on social media and look a bit closer to home when searching for results.
Tune in tomorrow night for Division 1 and 2.
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