The 2 best teams clashed on Tuesday night and the fans were not dissapointed. CWC are within touching distance of the Premier league trophy but the cups are proving a little harder to come by.
This is their 4th meeting this season. The early season Vegas cup clash saw tjs win 5-4. The 1st league meeting ended 4-4 and the return fixture in CWC saw the hosts take the points at 5-1, in a complete thrashing of the champions TJ's.
So onto Tuesday night, current quadruple champions TJ's A used their 'shock and awe' tactics to blast CWC clean out of the water in a blistering start.
Manny Byrne was sublime when he beat Paddy Clarke to put TJ's A 1-0 up. It's not surprising Clarke didn't hang about to long after their defeat because he was left very red faced.
Tristan Byrne has been brilliant of late and he is many people's tip for the Singles title. He was outstanding again when he beat Kieran McMahon for 2-0.
Stephen Rooney wasn't able to tie up TJ's captain Laurence McAlinden and soon it was 3-0.
Jack Courtney yet again met his nemesis Harvey Lavelle. They meet at least once a year and it looked like Courtney at last had the beating of him when the TJ's player beat the ex-Corrinshego legend in the Singles last year. Both players have been far from their brilliant best this season but it was Doubles champion Lavelle that took this one for 3-1.
It was game on when Cathal Phelan took out a top drawer finish against ex-team mate Raymond McKenna to make it 3-2.
Pat Brady squared up the match at 3-3 when TJ's sacrificed Stevie Noade. The CWC captain was in determined mood and he was beaming when he levelled.
Paul Morgan came in for Declan McMahon and this was the big frame as far a CWC were concerned. Paul 'Bunty' O'Callaghan had a fairly easy black and when he fluffed it Morgan blasted TJ's in front again 4-3.
That was the one that got away for CWC but TJ's managed to throw CWC a lifeline. Stevie Teggart and Paddy Tavey were always going to end in a tactical battle and it was Teggart that folded when he played 2 deliberate fouls and this classic match Cup match was down to a 1 frame shoot out for a place in the Divisional final.
Former TJ's double quadruple winning captain Declan McConville was taking on Thomas Hughes in one of the biggest frames of the season. This game could have gone either way. Hughes had his chances but McConville has the international experience and he took the plaudits with some excellent pool to take a pulsating match 5-4.
TJ's now progress to the final and await the winner of Orchard Bar v Whitecross. Orchard start as slight favourites because they comfortably did the double over the South Armagh side in the league.
Nan Rices will play Trainor's Bar in the Division 1 cup final. Nan's raced into a 4-1 lead against Windmill Bar and bagged the win on the 8th frame for 5-3. Windmill took the final frame but it was a 5-4 win for Nan's Rams on Tues night.
Trainor's beat Boyds on a 5-3 scoreline and this will be a high quality, exciting final.
CWC B beat a plucky Forresters 5-4 in the Divisional cup for Div 2 to book their place in the final.
Congratulations to Ballyholland on winning the Division 1 league title. They came out on top in one of the highest quality Division one for years. They were rank outsiders even though at the start of the season we tipped them to more than hold their own. After their win on Thursday night they are 2 points clear of 2nd placed trainors but their final match was fixtured to be Granvue. The Omeath side are out of the league so it's 2 more points for Ballyholland and the league title.
We will have a special blog on Ballyholland and analyse how this team upset the odds to take the Division 1 by storm. Keep an eye out for that.
In the Premier Division CWC only need a point in their final league game of the season to be champions after gaining 2 points off a Sheepbridge no show.
Well done St. Moninna on their promotion to Division 1 they are 2 points ahead of CWC B going into the final round of fixtures.
A draw against Trainor's on Canal Street Newry will be enough to see them champions.
CWC B travel to Boyds in a brilliant end of season finale. Boyds trail by 1 point and HAVE to win or they will definitely be spending next season in Div 2.
But the fun doesn't end there. Armagh/Down are also only 1 point behind CWC B. So if Boyds win and Armagh/Down both win then they will play off for 2nd place and CWC B will miss out.
If CWC and Boyds draw plus Armagh/Down win then Boyds miss out and Armagh/Down will play off with CWC B.
Armagh/Down play Cavern.
Millvale are only 2 points behind 2nd placed CWC B but because Boyds play CWC it means they are agonisingly out of the mix!
Ps Dont Forget Last 32 Of The Individuals Will Take Place On Tues 9th May In TJ's