CWC B gobble up the Orchard in Cunningham Cup
Hustlers now on 9 game unbeaten streak
Nan's Rams charge on in stunning start to the season.
CWC B caused the biggest shock in the 2nd Round of the Cunningham Cup when they crushed the Orchard Bar to a mushy pulp.
Orchard Bar are a very experienced and competitive Premier Division side while CWC B are in great form and in confident mood at the top of Division 2.
The Premier side got off to a woeful start trailing 2-0 in the Pairs.
John Little and Caillum McParland shocked super potting Charlie Broughton and PJ McDaniel then Tommy Rooney and Paul Kelland doubled the lead beating Nigel Malcomson and David Cromie for 2-0.
The favourite's hit back taking the final Pairs game then the opening Singles game.
Lee Irvine and partner Brendy Devlin dumped Barry Kelland and Kieran Cunningham. PJ McDanial got a slice of revenge on John Little when he equalised with some quality potting for 2-2.
Paul Kelland got his 2nd win of the night when he caught Mervyn Kernaghan who was coming in 'cold'. That was 3-2 CWC B but it was all square again when the brilliant Charlie Broughton sunk the black on Raymond Sands.
It was tit-for-tat now when 3-3 was soon to become 4-4.
Kieran Cunningham played well against Scott Millar when CWC went 4-3 but Richie Crawford levelled with a good win of free potting Chris Cunningham.
Tommy Rooney (CWC B) v Lee Irvine (Orchard Bar) would decide who would take their place in the last 8.
Both players were playing their 1st frame of the night. Rooney is recovering from a poor start to the season while Irvine has also had an indifferent start to the season. Rooney had home advantage and when he hits form he is devastating. But it was who could hold their nerve in this melting pot decider. Irvine couldn't contain the experienced CWC legend and it was the City side that booked their place in the last. Well done CWC B.
CWC B 5-4 Orchard Bar
Hustlers are in sensational form so far this season and after a demolition job on Dan's they have now an improved record of 9 games unbeaten. 8 wins and 1 draw is fantastic and they've played all their big rivals in all competitions. They've now done the league and Cunningham Cup double over Dan's. Dumped Whitecross out of the Vegas Cup. They've drawn with Champions CWC and comprehensively beat Orchard Bar in the league.
Dan's went into this Cunningham Cup tie still confident even if their early season winning momentum has hit a few bumps.
Hustlers stamped their authority early in this high quality match.
One Damien is bad enough but Hustlers captain Micky Cunningham paired the 2 Damiens together for the first time. The 2 boys are in blistering form this season and they disposed of Father and Son Double act Jimmy McVerry and Seamus McVerry with the minimum of fuss for 1-0.
The Hustlers Father and Son act had better success when Billy and Ciaran O'Neill beat James and Niall O'Hagan for 2-0.
Micky Cunningham was back with his old mate Cathal McCoy but they couldn't curtail the potting prowess and a bit of luck of Barney Preece and Ryan O'Hare for 2-1.
Dan's looked in a good position when they had two former individuals winners coming up next in the Singles.
Hustlers delivered a severe hammer blow when firstly Shane McAllister beat Seamus McVerry then Kevin Magee out-though James O'Hagan. The home team Hustlers were in total control and now led 4-1.
Two of the more experienced players were up next. It was also the two captains. Micky Cunningham taking on Jimmy McVerry. Cunningham missed the chance to send Hustlers through and it was 4-2.
Barney Preece and Damien 'Diddles' McArdle promised to be a cracker between 2 inform players. McArdle was a nervous wreck and Preece took full advantage as the visiting Dan's dared to dream of a miraculous comeback.
Damien Kearney has been nothing short of brilliant this year. Good shot selection, super potting and getting a wee run of the ball for good measure. Now was a test in temperament as he usually plays early with little pressure. Opponent Niall Connolly plays an open attacking game but when you couldn't finish a sausage supper you leave yourself open. Kearney took it out and sent Dan's packing. 5-3.
Cathal McCoy added the icing on the cake as Paddy O'Callaghan suffered yet another defeat for a final score of
Hustlers 6-3 Dan's.
Despite losing the opening frame Nan's Rams booked their last 8 place when they romped home against TJ's B.
Connor Heaney and John McMurray got TJ's off to the perfect start against Andrew Chan and Stephen Sherry.
Pat McClenaghan and Seamus Morgan tied the match before Leigh McAlinden and Mark Maguire ended the Pairs giving Nan's a 2-1 lead.
Mark Pentony beat Deb Woods for 3-1.
It was cruise control when the deadly and unbeaten Mal Maguire made it 4-1. Maguire is an experienced pro and is having an astonishing season with a 100% winning record. Carlos Da Silva is having a terrible season and it was too easy for Mal who put Nan's on the brink of the last 8.
Pat McClenaghan duly obliged and Leigh McAlinden made it 6-1 with wins over Niall Rice and Connor Keane respectively.
Damien McAteer has has better season's but he got a consolation win over Robbie Rice before Andrew Chan got one over Johnny McMurray for the second time of the night for a final score of
TJ's B 2-6 Nan's Rams
In other results Trainor's in Camlough beat fellow Premier Division side Ballyholland 7-2.
Trainor's took the first 2 frames before Ballyholland levelled at 2-2.
Trainor's kicked on and took the next 5 singles frames to ease home.
Trainor's 7-2 Ballyholland
Saint Monnina A slaughtered Trainor's B 8-1 in Killeavey. Trainor's had the cheek to level after 2 frames but the Saints smashed home taking the final 7 frames.
CWC A crushed Boyds 7-2 CWC won the game at 5-0 before Boyds won their 2 frames.
McGuigan's B beat Windmill 6-3. Windmill trailed 3-0 and never recovered.
Whitecross scraped through after Foresters C failed to show up.
PS! Lads dont forget all Individual Entries need to be in Bellinis Tomorow night from 8pm Onwards