The top of the table clash between Champions TJ's A and Whitecross ended with a comprehensive victory for the unbeaten Newry 'DreamTeam'. TJ's put the table topping Whitecross to the sword and the South Armagh men had no answer as they buckled under the pressure of being league leaders.
Laurence McAlinden continued his superb form to put last years Quadruple winners 1-0 up when he beat Shane Phelan. Former individuals winner Declan McMahon doubled the TJ's lead when he beat another former champion Cathal Phelan and Whitecross were on the ropes.
Tristan Byrne is playing some of the best pool of his career at the minute and has recently qualified for the Northern Irish pool team in the NIPF qualifiers in Portadown to play in next years European Championships. In fact he topped the the averages win charts with 73%. But Alan Burke is a seasoned campaigner and the Whitecross cueist pulled 1 back for the league leaders and it was 2-1 TJ's A.
Whitecross weren't able to build on that Burke win and it was TJ's that turned the screw. Next up was Manny Byrne versus Marty O'Callaghan. Both players had won 5/5 league games so something had to give. It was the TJ's A icon Byrne that came out on top to keep his 100% record and put TJ's 3-1 up.
Jack Courtney is 1 of the most improved players over the last couple of seasons and his brilliant break finish over Paddy O'Callaghan put TJ's on the brink of both points with the home side now leading 4-1. It was O'Callaghan's 2nd league defeat of the season and the game was slipping away from Whitecross.
It was fitting that the current league Champions TJ's A had Declan McConville coming on next to wrap up the points. He had no problems dispatching Michael Feenan and in doing so his team leap-frogged Whitecross to the top of the table.
Individual runner-up Raymie McKenna was up next for TJ's A to try and rub salt in the Whitecross wounds. But captain Gavin Malone was up next for the visitors and he managed to pull 1 back for Whitecross. The consolation frame was cancelled out by Darren Devlin as the TJ's anchor man inflicted a rare defeat on Mickey O'Hanlon.
The final score was 6-2 for TJ's A and with Sheepbridge next on Whitecross fixture list they are going to see if they can bounce back or will they now crumble.
Sheepbridge moved up into 3rd place in the Premier Division after a very hard fought victory over the visiting Killeavy. Sheepbridge took the final 4 frames after trailing 3-1 and are now finding a bit of momentum after a surprisingly bad start to the season.
Seamus McGeoghegan is a bit of a tactical legend and he had no problem putting the bowling club 1-0 up with a win over B McCabe.
Things went drastically down hill for the 'Bridge' as Stephen Cunningham levelled the match when he gave Harvey Lavelle his 3rd league defeat of the season, then Darren O'Hanlon kept his brilliant run going with a personal 6/6 league wins after victory over Dermot Lonergan. When the talented Mark Shevlin made it 3-1 to Killeavy with a super win over Paddy Tavey then it looked like Sheepbridge were going to drop valuable points.
Pat Brady has settled back into life in the Newry Pool League like a duck to water and he had a good tussle with an old team mate Tom Magennis. It was Brady that improved his fantastic league record of 5 wins from 6 games and it was 3-2 Killeavy.
Barry Duffy Legend Of The Eighties and now trying to turn back the clock and Pat Quinn had uncountable years of experience between them but it was Duffy with the higher pedigree and squared up the match 3-3.
Niall McVerry made it 4-3 with some great potting when he saw off Stephen Murphy and Bernie Magee wrapped it up to steal points with a very good win over the sharp shooting Paddy McCann.
Orchard Bar have certainly improved of late and they had a fantastic result in McGuigans Bar on Thursday night. McGuigan's had a chance to move up into 2nd place but Orchard have strengthened and aren't the handy 2 points they were a month or 2 ago.
Karl McGuinness and Tony McGovern got Orchard off to the perfect start with some inspiring pool. But Paul O'Callaghan and the brilliant Brian Campbell levelled the scores for McGuigan's A. Campbell brushing Brendan Devlin for good measure.
A strong finish from Orchard nailed both points after wins for Lee Irvine, David Crommie, Mervyn Kernaghan and Darren McCloskey. It's good to see former multiple individual winner Paul 'Bunty' O'Callaghan back playing in the Pool league and getting a win beside his name is something we will probably get used to seeing for McGuigan's A.
Hustlers had an emphatic victory away to the Windmill bar. Ruari Devlin put the Windmill in front but Barry Murphy, Kevin Magee ( good to see Kevin end his barren run), Damien Kearney (another player badly struggling to make an impact this season), Shane McAllister (with a glorious break finish and really turning on the style of late) made it 4-1. Cathal McCoy improved his fantastic win record to 5 wins from 7 league games to wrap up 2 very welcome points for the Belinis outfit. Billy O'Neill made it 6-1 to the visitors and Windmills good start to the season is just a distant memory.
Aaron O'Callaghan brought his own Personal win rate to 7 wins from 7 games which makes him the leading marksman in the league at the minute having played a game more than Manny Byrne, Kieran McMahon and Darren O'Hanlon who are all on 6/6. O'Callaghan is flying while his Windmill team are struggling. It might be time to move down the playing order to get some competitive games and maybe benefit the team. Tough decision needs to be made there.
CWC and Dan's C played out an entertaining 4-4 draw. Kieran McMahon put the home side CWC 1-0 up to keep his 100% record of 6/6. Seamus Graham and Chris Smith replied for Dan's to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
Former doubles winner Gerry Cregan and then Pat Hughes gave CWC a 3-2 lead. When Shane McMahon won for Dan's C he levelled the match with just 2 to play.