Former Indo star player Tucker Hughes was up 1st for Hustlers but it was the visiting Brian Campbell who stole the 1st frame as Tucker potted a brilliant black only to see the white go in off . Barry Murphy got a huge scalp when he levelled matters beating former singles winner Paul O'Callaghan who on the night was not at he best we are led to believe .
Ciaran O'Neill played some good pool when he gave Hustlers the lead defeating an in-form Ciaran jnr Hanna. Junior couldn't hack the pressure so Daddy Hanna stepped in hoping to inflict some retribution. This was a huge frame for his opponent Shane McAllister as some old fashioned Chinese torture was lined up for him had he lost. Luckily for McAllister he was able to hold his nerve and to give and the Hustlers a superb 3-1 lead .
We've questioned Dee Kearney's nerve on the blog before as he had the chance to secure at least a draw for the leaders but pressure was on for him to win after losing his 2 games previous and unfortunately for him he made it 3 losses in a row. Brendan Healy is a good steady player and he exploited the Kearney weakness to pull it back to 3-2.
The surprise result of the night was ahead though. Cathal McCoy was in a great position to give hustlers a point but blew it big time to beat a John Magee who is playing that bad this season retirement must surely have been on his mind. But maybe this was his swansong as he brushed aside his old rival and sparring partner, Cathal McCoy to draw the game level at 3-3.
With the game on a knife edge it was then up to Paul McAreavey who kept a cool head to give McGuigan's the lead for the 1st time when he beat Kevin Magee who we are told has not won a game too often this season. Anthony Morgan and Damien Flanaghan contested a tension and mistake filled final frame and it was Flanaghan of McGuigan's that fell over the line for a good hard fought 2pts. And If things don’t pick up soon Hustlers could be playing in Division 1 next season .
Windmill caused a huge shock up on Church Street as the held league leaders TJ's A. TJ's were missing some star names due to the European Pool Championships but take nothing from Windmill they were well worthy of their point.
Conor Heaney and Ruari Devlin were well beat by Jack Courtney and Declan McConville as TJ's took a 2-0 lead. It looked like a handy night was in store for TJ's and even though Chris Marley beat a ropey Stevie Teggart fairly easily it was still hard to see any thing other than a TJ's win.
Raymie McKenna made it 3-1 when he beat the superb Conor Cunningham and the game was looking rather 1 sided especially since Windmill could only find 7 players.
But Stevie Noade succumbed to Tony Broughton and it was 3-2. Aaron O'Callaghan has been 1 of the stars of the pool league this year and it was no surprise when he beat the attacking Eugene McDermott.
Conor McKeown knew he needed to win his game to claim the point due to only having 7 players. He was on form as he had a good tight scrap with Darren Devlin. McKeown wasn't to be denied and gave Windmill a 4-3 lead. Larry McAlinden had no opponent as that let TJ's off the hook and claim a share of the spoils.
In Division 1 Bears lost their top spot when they got well beat in TJ' C. Sean McDonald, Harry Brady, Tony McGivern and Damien McAteer fired TJ's C into a shock 4-0 lead. The usually reliable Garry Powell was 1st to pop before Ralf Crummy, Paddy Caldwell and then sharp shooter Sean McKevitt followed suit.
Adrian 'Oz' Holman hit back for Bears when he beat Diamen Woods. The comeback was on when Seamus Keenan pulled the scores back to 4-2 when he ousted Liam Downey.
Any dreams of salvaging anything from the match were destroyed by the free potting Niall McQuillan. He hammered Paddy Rodgers to seal the 2 points. Neil Heaney won a bit of consolation for Bears when he beat Diddles McArdle to finish the scoring at 5-3 to TJ's C.
TJ's D replaced Bears at the summit after a strong finish against an in-form Bosco. Kieran Cummins gave the Water Street side when he ousted Johnny Adams. Gavin McNally and the superb Adrian Annett fired back to give the visiting TJ's D the lead. Damian Brady and Gary Wilson the Bosco victims. Luke Wallace tied the match at the half-way mark when he beat great potter Nicky Irwin.
TJ's D turned up the heat and Bosco vacated the kitchen. Matty Cartmill and Sean Rice defeated Kieran Morgan and Paddy McMahon to make it 4-2. The brilliant Jason Lennon wrapped up the points when he stuffed Robbie Devlin before the great Davy Hanna made it 6-2 with Gary O'Reilly taking the final beating of the night.
Check out the league tables online to see how the results have affected your team. Individuals are this Thursday coming and the venues are all online now!