Sheepbridge stunned Carrickcuppen 5-4 in a game we promised here on the blog would produce fireworks and what a game it was for two of the best teams in the Premier Division.
Donal McSherry is having a cracking season playing some of the best pool of his career but Paddy Clarke is one of the finest exponents of the game in the Newry league and played fantastic pool to give Carrickcruppen the lead.
Harvey Lavelle had a super chance to double the Camlough men's lead but when he missed Yogi Markeys experience paid off and made no mistake & levelled up the match 1-1.
Another match-up of two classy players and they didn't disappoint. In a brilliant game Paddy Tavey edged out Conor O'Hare to give 'Cruppen' the lead again.
Collie Loughran was in super potting form when he brushed his opponent barry mc allister as the men from the bridge rocked the house. 2-2.
There was a reoccurring theme going on now. Tit for Tat the frames were being shared.
Micky Cunningham & Seamie McGeoghan got stuck in a great tactical battle & a re-spotted black was needed. Micky lost the lag & went for the black only to stick it up for Seamie to give Carrickcruppen the lead for the 3rd time 3-2.
Barry Duffy kept a good tight game against the attacking Marty O'Callaghan with the latter getting frustrated and Barry saw it through to level at 3-3 apiece.
Seanie Markey should have given Sheepbridge the lead for the 1st time but he missed a sitter in the middle to put the bridge ahead for the first time in the match that was enough for Ian McDonald to level the scores in another high quality game 4-3 and Carrickcruppen where on the hill.
Pat Kearns is having a superb season and like a fine wine he's improving with age. He was able to thwart Pat Byrnes potting instincts with some good tactical play and bring the match to nerve jangling final frame decider.
Cometh the hour cometh the man & that man was Gwyn Trainor and what a game he played His opponent Marty Lavelle is an accomplished pool player but in a tight final frame Gwyn crawled over the line to adulation of the very excitable Sheepbridge team-mates
for a great deserved victory well done sheepbridge.And lets not forget the refereeing skills of Cathal McCoy who sadly is out of all cups but still wants to participate well done to him .
Sheepbridge will now play TJ's A in the final of the Vegas Cup and Sheepbridge will definitely not be there to just make up the numbers!Sheepbridge will also contend the cunningham cup semi/final against whitecross which will be another crowd puller the other semi/final will be contested by Tjs A and Carrickcruppen.