The last 100% Record of the Newry & District Pool league disappeared Thursday night when Whitecross were held to a draw by Hustlers of Bellinis Bar. It could have been a lot worse for table topping Whitecross had Kevin Magee, Micky Cunningham played .Both men were absent on the night and Whitecross thought all they had to do was fill out the card and it would be game over but how wrong they were as Hustlers stood there ground and came home with a magnificent Result. So maybe Whitecross dodged a bullet there. Rumour has it Damien Kearney who has spat the dummy out on several occasions has returned to the hustlers team after a pep talk from Captain McCoy. Word on the street had it that Micky Cunningham was at home trying on his wetsuit in case Whitecross won the league!
Cathal Phelan had won 4/4 league games but he was stunned when Tucker Hughes was on form and nicked the 1st frame to give the visiting Hustlers a surprise lead.
Whitecross hit back through Shane Phelan and Gavin Malone to give the South Armagh side a 2-1 lead with wins over John Little & Barry Murphy.
Gareth McCann couldn't stop the impressive Anthony Morgan from squaring up the match at 2-2 and the pressure was really on Whitecross when Michael Feenan lost Ciaran O'Neill and the City slickers were leading 3-2.
Marty O'Callaghan played superbly to keep his own personal 100% record of 5/5 wins with a great result over the impressive Cathal McCoy who has been playing great pool himself lately It was 3-3 and Paddy O'Callaghan was up next for Whitecross and O'Callaghan sported a 100% 4/4 wins before this game.
O'Callaghan found Shane McAllister in form and 1 mistake from the Whitecross man left the league leaders battling for a draw.
Mickey O'Hanlon has been another shining light for Whitecross this season and had only 1 defeat to his name this season. O'Hanlon was the saviour as he beat Billy O'Neill to keep Whitecross 1pt clear at the top of the Premier Division with the same amount of games played as 2nd placed TJ's A after a hard earned 4-4 draw.
The next round of league fixtures will see TJ's and Whitecross go head to head and that will be a major test of the South Armagh men's title credentials.
McGuigan's Bar moved into joint 2nd place on 8 points, 1 point behind Whitecross after a convincing 5-3 win over Dan's C. McGuigan's were schooled last week in South Armagh but they bounced back into title contention albeit with a game extra played.
Paul McAreavy and Kieran Hanna fired the Monaghan Street side into a 2-0 lead beating Seamus Graham and Barry Doyle.
Gerard McGuigan couldn't make it 3-0 in a shoot out with James O'Hagan. Individual champ O'Hagan was on form again for Dan's and he pulled it back to 2-1. It was only McGuigan's Second league defeat from 5.
Brian Campbell made it 3-1 to McGuigans Bar when he beat Terry Phoenix but another league defeat for home favourite John Magee this time at the hands of Chris Smith left it 3-2.
Ciaran Hanna made it a father and son double to make it 4-2 and Young Daniel McGuigan wrapped up the 2pts after they beat Shane McMahon & Seamus McVerry respectively.
Damien Flanaghan lost the dead rubber match against the useful Jimmy McVerry to leave a final score of 5-3.
Carrickcruppen picked up their 1st win of the season with a terrific performance against high flying Windmill Bar. In fact it only took the minimum 5 frames to wrap up the 2pts after blitzing their visiting opponents.
Jamie Lavelle, Pat Byrne, Stephen Lavelle, John Brannighan & Ian McDonald smashed Cruppen into a 5-0 lead.
Niall McGeough won the Windmills 1st frame of the night to make it 5-1 before 2 Aaron O'Callaghans exchanged frames to finish the scoring at 6-2. It was O'Callaghan of Carrickcuppen who hit 1st to make it 6-1 & Aaron O'Callaghan of Windmill pulled it back to 6-2. It was an important frame for O'Callaghan of the Windmill Bar because that meant he maintained his brilliant 100% record of 5 wins from 5 games.Meanwhile out at the Orchard Bar Shepbridge A
were the visitors and were made to fight the whole way as Karl Magennis made short work of his former team mate Harvey lavelle and put the home team 1-0 up Niall McVerry leveled the match at 1-1 while Barry duffy suffered his first defeat of the season and things were lookin good for the Orchard side 2-1 up until Sheepbridge stepped up a gear with magnificent wins from three of newrys finest players Pat Brady Paddy Tavey and Diarmuid Lonergan
4-2 up sheepbridge a win was looking imminent' In comes one of newrys longest serving players Bernie Magee who is not having the best of seasons and through to form was out classed by Lee Ervine 4-3 It was left to Sub Almighty
Gwyn Trainor who hammered home the win and the 2pts. Sheepbridge now creeping up the table will be one to watch out for.