February is a romantic month and a month of happiness as we look forward to brighter evening's, warmer weather and Spring around the corner. And og course Valentine's day where love is all around us. Don't tell CWC A captain Pat Brady though.
Only a few weeks ago the dream of guiding his side through the whole season unbeaten was crushed by an inspired Orchard Bar in his home venue. His CWC crew may capture all 4 trophies and they are very much expected to as much. But Pat Brady's next ambition was surely to personally go the whole season winning every single game. It's a feat NEVER been done before.
Playing 6th where 'Big Pat' normally plays, you generally miss the big guns. Players like Cathal Phelan, James O'Hagan and Tommy Mooney are never going to play 6th and these are one or two visit players on their day.
You can't take it away from Pat Brady though. A league run of 14 games played and 14 wins is still an incredible achievement and a 100% record in all the cup - that was of course until he met the legendary Mike Nugent.
There's only one thing for certain when your on a unbeaten run - and that is that's it's going to end one day.
Mike Nugent is a very talented,
exciting and very attacking player. His style leaves him open for a good counter-attacking player and there simply is no better player at counter-attacking pool than Pat Brady.
Going into this game Mike Nugent's results from previous weeks looked a bit hit and miss for a win. Right back to the Bears game - the 6th league game of the season and 9 league games ago Nugent began his pattern of results. He lost that night against the Bears then he Won, Lost, Won, Lost, Won, Lost, Won and finally lost against the Hustlers in their last league outing. 6 wins from 11 league games played is the sum total for Nugent. It's not breathtaking stats but it's still a win every other match which is nothing to be sniffed at. Only 3 games ago Nugent lost to Harvey Lavelle but it was a good learning curve.
In contrast Pat Brady has seen 14 victims fall at the sharp end of his cue - and that's just the league. The cup games are the same. Both in the Singles and the Pairs Brady has cut them all down. Surely Nugent would just be his next to face the Rath of Brady.
Mike Nugent came to the table came to the table with his side trailing 4-1. It was he that had helped his Trainor's side to win the opening frame. Liam Bradley and Nugent had beaten Paddy Clarke and Seamus McGeoghegan in the opening frame.
Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady levelled before Declan McConville and Bernie Magee gave CWC A a 2-1 advantage to finish the Pairs. Harvey Lavelle and Paddy Clarke expertly disposed of Niall McVerry then Brendan McNally in the Singles to make it 4-1.
It was no do or die for Mike Nugent as he faced the unbeaten legend Pat Brady. Brady chalked the cue. Nugent broke. Brady chalked the cue. Nugent potted a couple. Brady chalked the cue a bit more while Nugent sank ball after ball. Brady chalked the cue for the final time the brilliant Nugent cleared his colours and sank the black to rapturous applause. Now that's how you beat the unbeatable. Keep them in their chair chalking their cue. Well done MIKE NUGENT the first player to beat Pat Brady this season. And a Break and Dish for good measure. Somebody hand 'Big Pat' a brush please.
Paddy Tavey wasn't going to let the Trainor's party gain any momentum as he wrapped up the points at 5-2 by beating the in form Liam Bradley.
Stevie Teggart made it 6-2 by beating Liam's Twin Noel Bradley. According the the scorecard Liam Bradley played yet again and beat Seamus McGeoghegan and this time he came off the subs bench. Cosmetic difference to the scoreline anyway as it finished 6-3 CWC A but it was Mike Nugent that stole the headlines.
Bears gave Dan's A a good old cup fright when the lead 3-1. Bears look a beaten docket in the league as the prop up the rest of the teams but unlike some other Premier Division teams in free-fall they are showing a bit of fighting spirit.
Bears took a 2 nil lead thanks to the excellent partnerships of Garry Powell and Neil Heaney then Adrian Holman and Anthony Morgan.
Seamus McVerry and Tony McElroy replied for Dan's. Paddy O'Callaghan lost yet another frame for Dan's as Bears edged further in front. We're soon going to need a calculator to count O'Callaghan's defeats as they continue to mount, week after week. It was the 'Baby Faced Assassin' Neil Heaney that the Belleek native to more misery.
It was a false dawn as the superior Dan's rolled into gear.
Michael Green and James O'Hagan levelled for 3-3.
Seamus McVerry put Dan's on the hill and Ryan O'Hare made sure the final frame would be worthless when he catapulted the South Armagh side into the semi-final.
Ralf Crummy beat Jimmy McVerry in the dead rubber 9th frame.
Hustlers schooled Whitecross and the question has to be asked? Can Whitecross save their season. They have been in turmoil lately and after looking safe from relegation a month or two ago, they now find themselves in a dogfight for Premier Division survival.
Hustlers led 2-1 after the Doubles and pushed on to lead 4-1 Thanks to Kevin Magee and Philip Murphy.
Alan Burke had a good win over Shane McAllister for 4-2 but Cathal McCoy beat Mickey O'Hanlon after one mistake too many to seal a semi-final spot for Hustlers at 5-2.
Orchard Bar led 4-1 against Ballyholland be a mini comeback threatened to make it interesting.
Orchard led 2-1 after the Doubles and much like Hustlers did against Whitecross they won the opening 2 singles games to lead 4-1. Mervyn Kernaghan and an extremely rare win for Tony McGovern put Orchard within touching distance of the semi-final.
Robbie White and Giby Vettiankal are two super potters and they gave Orchard food for thought when they pulled it back to 4-3.
Ballyholland had played all their trump cards while Orchard had PJMcDanial and Noel Brown yet to play. They are two very accomplished players and they fired Orchard through on a relatively comfortable scoreline of 6-3.
Cavern and Armagh/Down served up a treat in their Division cup clash.
John Magee and Shane McVerry gave to visiting Armagh/Down the opening frame with a good win of the strong looking Matthew Cregan and Damon Murphy.
James Young and Joe Byrne levelled before their team mates Joe Campbell and Damien Campbell had Cavern 2-1 up. James Clarke and the confident Axel Foley losing out followed by Willie Andrews and Brendan McCabe.
John Magee was taking on Joe Campbell and both had won in the Pairs earlier. It was Wiley old fox Magee that tied up the match for Armagh/Down and it was 2-2.
This classic was now tit-for-tat. Stephen Byrne gave Cavern the lead 3-2 when he beat John Rogers.
Armagh/Down levelled when the excellent potting Willie Andrews beat Matthew Cregan. 3-3 now.
James Clarke looked to have won the vital 7th frame to give Armagh/Down a 4-3 lead. Damon Murphy without the answer.
Damien Campbell made sure this terrific match would go right down to the deciding frame with a good win over Axel Foley. 4-4.
Martin Reavey would take on Declan Magee for a place in the Division 2 semi-final.
Going into this clash there was very little between the two in the league. Both are fighting for runner-up spot as CWC B are 5 points clear with 25 points. 2nd placed Cavern are on 20pts while 2pts further back in 4th place is Armagh/Down.
It was no surprise this titanic match went to a decider. Neither player like tactical games but Martin 'Rav' Reavey used all his experience and superior potting ability to squeeze his Cavern into the last 4.
Glen Social Club hosted McSwiggan's in another incredibly pulsating match.
McSwiggan's took the opening frame in the Pairs.
Glen equalised before McSwiggan's edged in front again.
This was the pattern as the frames went tit-for-tat with never a frame between them.
Liam Turley levelled for Glen at 2-2.
Stephen Wylie beat the highly rated Gerard Bagnall to put the visitors 3-2 up.
Kevin Sands levelled again but I'm sure you've guessed by now McSwiggan's took the lead 4-3. This time thanks to the reliable Henry McLoughlin.
Paddy Morgan is a solid player and he made sure this game would also go the distance. Glen anchor man Jay Kelly would take on City player Ryan Lennon for the glory. It was heart break for the Countryside Social Club. Lennon delighted his side as the tit-for-tat pattern fell in his favour and McSwiggan's were in the semi-final.
All the other results are on the website now.