Cunningham Cup 1st Round
Carrickcruppen hit top form as they absolutely battered a Windmill Bar that are really struggling this season. Windmill have a table that can take a bit of getting used to as it's not the quickest in Newry. Windmill are no bad team either. They got a draw against TJ's A last season with only 7 players. Getting relegated has knocked the stuffing out of these lads and Carrickcruppen took full advantage.
To be fair Carrickcruppen turned on the style and it would matter little who the South Armagh lads were playing.
Brendan McVerry got the hosts Windmill off to the dream start when he beat the useful talents of Tommy Lavelle.
Cruppen wouldn't be deterred and the free potting Aaron O'Callaghan levelled the scores when he beat Stephen Gray.
Well if Windmill thought things were going bad this season - well they needn't worry because things were about to get a whole lot worse. For the next 3 frames Windmill wouldnt pot a ball and the brilliant Carrickcruppen turned in a performance any international team would be proud of.
Jamie Lavelle is fast becoming the real deal in the Newry Pool league. He joined an elite group of players who have completed the perfect frame by virtue of a wonderful break finish. Sean O'Connor got to chalk his cue but his next action was to bow to the brilliant Lavelle as he made it 2-1 Carrickcruppen.
Nobody can deny Kieran Hanna is having a cracking season. His big move out to Cruppen Social Club has suited him perfectly and he brushed Connor Cunningham to add to his break finish earlier in the season. That 'dish' made it 3-1.
Paddy O'Callaghan is another who made a big summer move and he'll be delighted with the way things have turned out for him. He had another good finish to brush Brian McGeogh thanks to some great positional play to make it 4-1.
Martin McVeigh wasn't able to brush Aaron O'Callaghan but he still had an excellent finish after missed pot by O'Callaghan and McVeigh sent Carrickcruppen through at 5-1.
Barry McAllister and Pat Byrne made it a scarey looking 7-1 with good wins over Gary Cunningham and Chris Marley.
The excellent Ciaran Hanna jnr made it a father/son double when he made it 8-1 by seeing off a determined but winless Paddy Caldwell.
The scorecard says Paul Hughes made it 9-1 but since matches are best of 9 there may well be a stewards inquiry and possibly even a replay of the match. If Hughes didn't play then that could be seen as a falsified card and Carrickcruppen could be expelled from the competition. The next committee meeting could be interesting.
Premier Division side Bears travelled to Indo A and both teams played their part in the game of the 1st round.
Indo looked on course for a massive upset when the home side stormed into a 2-0 lead. Bears had put arguably their 2 best players up 1st and when the both lost their task was immeasurably more difficult. Christopher McCormack and Conor Curran the toast of Indo when they defeated 2 good players in Garry Powell and Sean McKevitt.
Seamus Keenan arguably the slowest player on the local circuit halved the deficit to 2-1 when he wore Pat Hughes down.
Stephen Jennings won the massive 4th frame when he played very well to beat Adrian 'Oz' Holman. It was 3-1 and Indo were cruising.
Paul Murphy is a cracking potter and he was just too good for Stephen Quinn and Indo were pegged back to 3-2.
The 'Baby faced assassin' Neill Heaney had the chance to level the match in the 6th but it looked like Bears had messed up their audition for round 2 when Brian O'Connor took Indo to a crucial 4-2 lead.
Paddy Heaney showed little bro how it's meant to be done and his excellent potting pulled it back to 4-3. Gerard O'Connell falling to the super Heaney.
Anthony Morgan was a shrewd signing for Bears and he made it 4-4 and took the game to a decider after a few mistakes from Peter Smyth. It was squeeky bum time now and experience was key to who would book their place in the 2nd round.
Steady Eddie was the hero for Bears and not for the 1st time in his long illustrious career. Neil Cunningham had no answer to Eddie Heaney and Eddie the Eagle soared Bears into the 2nd round hat.
Whitecross' miserable start to the season continued as the struggle to cope with the loss of the 2 Phelan's. TJ's Tigers - formally known TJ's D romped to a 4-1 lead in Whitecross.
New signing James Toner has found the going tough in his 1st season playing Newry Pool and he suffered another early to defeat to Gavin McNally to leave the South Armagh lads 1-0 behind.
Barry Shields tasted further defeat when he was out-potted by U21 N.Ireland International Niall O'Hare.
Trailing 2-0 Whitecross had self proclaimed Tornado Michael Feenan up next and he seems to have hit a bit of a winning streak to pull the scores back to 2-1 with a good win over the talented Matty Cartmill.
Too many Whitecross players aren't stepping up to the plate and one of them is Martin O'Callaghan. He along with a few others need to start contributing if the 'Cross' are to start winning again. Ritchie Taylor didn't need to be at his best to make it 3-1 TJ's.
Gareth McCann is another having a torrid time and his defeat to Jason Lennon was far from unexpected as the visitors made it 4-1 and 1 frame from a place in round 2 of the Cunningham Cup.
Captain Gavin Malone needs to start leading by example and at last he started producing the goods when he played well to beat Sean Rice.
The comeback was on when Joseph McTaggart had a very good win over an excellent Adrian Annett. 4-3 and there was real hope for the hosts.
Noel Donaldson was down on the sheet and he's a decent player but it was substitute Danny Byrne that played for Whitecross and the hope died as Nicky Irwin sent TJ's Tigers through with a frame to spare.
It is pretty obvious that Mickey O'Hanlon is one of Whitecross' best players. So why he plays last is completely beyond me. Too many times he's won worthless games playing 8th or 9th. He was at it again toppling big Davy Hanna to leave a final score of 5-4 to TJ's Tigers.
Hustlers continued their tremendous start to the season with another routine victory in the Cunningham Cup. Barry Murphy and Bernie Magee put Hustlers 2-0 up against a formidable Granvue Hotel.
Shane Feehan got the better of league Secretary Micky Cunningham to put the Omeath side right back in the game at 2-1 down.
Kevin Magee and Shane McAllister had quickfire wins to put Newry City Centre side Hustlers on the hill at 4-1.
was let off the hook again this week after dodi missing an easy black the previous
week against him Chris Smith of the granvue brushed McCoy but unfortunately for him went in off on the black 5/1 Hustlers.
David Heaney and Ray Phillips put a more respectable look to the scoreline when they beat the 2 O'Neill's to make it 5-3.
'Diddles' McArdle made is a more comprehensive look when he made it 6-3 with a good finish against a useful Paul Bruen.
Pat Brady masterminded another handy night in the office for CWC A. Killeavy were never going to trouble CWC especially in Newry but they threw in the towel early in this match.
Kieran McMahon as per normal put CWC 1-0 up before Mark Shevlin had a good win over Cathal Phelan for 1-1.
Niall McVerry won the crucial 3rd frame and Paul 'Bunty' O'Callaghan made it 3-1. Up steps Harvey Lavelle. He joined nephew Jamie in the break finish club when he knocked in 7 and the black against Emmett Fearon.
Pat Brady and Paddy Tavey made it 6-1. Shane Phelan tasted a rare win for 7-1 and a really good night was finished off when Martin McClelland made it a date with 8 to finish a very easy win 8-1.
Holders TJ's A entertained Sheepbridge in the Cunningham Cup. Well they more like tortured Sheepbridge than entertained them.
Jack Courtney returned to the line-up for start the ball rolling. Raymie McKenna and Declan McMahon made it 3-0.
Captain Larry McAlinden put TJ's A on the hill and Tristan Byrne sealed TJ's entry into round to when he made it 5-0.
TJ's weren't finished yet. Stevie Noade made it 6-0 then Stevie Teggart fired in win no.7.
Poor old Declan McConville lost yet again to end TJ's demolition. Barry Duffy the victor in this duel and the final frame went the way of Sheepbridge when Gwyn Trainor gave Eugene McDermott his 2nd defeat of the season. Final score of 7-2 TJ's A.
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