The Newry Pool league now has clear leaders in all 3 Divisions. In the Premier TJ's A had another comfortable night when they thrashed CWC 7-1. One of the shock results of the night was 2nd placed Whitecross getting hammered at home by struggling Carrickcruppen 6-2. Sheepbridge joined Whitecross in joint 2nd place when they destroyed Windmill 7-1.
In Division 1 Bears opened up a 2 point lead at the top of the table. They slaughtered Sheepbridge 8-0 in the Windmill bar while TJ's D and TJ's C both lost to leave them 2 points behind. Nan's Rams and McGuigan's C closed the gap with huge vital wins to both go joint 2nd.
In Division 2 Camlough's Trainor's Bar now have a 3 point lead at the top after they beat title rivals Cue Club in the home of the City centre side and are now a massive 6 points off the pace. 2nd places Armagh/Down got stunned in Omeath against the Granvue Hotel. The win for the Hotelliers moves them joint 2nd with Armagh/Down.
Back in the Premier Division Kieran McMahon gave CWC the perfect start against Quadruple winners TJ's A. Jack Courtney, Raymie McKenna, Manny Byrne, Eugene McDermott, Declan McConville, Stevie Teggart and Tristan Byrne replied in stunning fashion to keep the TJ's steam train rolling on.
Sceond placed whitecross were slaughtered by bottom team Carrickcruppen. Captain Gavin Malone got Whitecross off to the dream start in when he beat the very experienced Martin McVeigh. Things went drastically down hill after that for the home team.
Cathal Phelan is having a fantastic season but he found 'Cruppen' stalwart Ian McDonald in determined mood and McDonald was able to level the match. Shane Phelan and Joseph McTaggart have had mixed fortunes for Whitecross this season and they were up against 2 much improved Lavelle's. Jamie and Stephen Lavelle were just too good and it was 3-1 to Carrickcruppen at the half-way mark.
Michael Feenan was favourite for Whitecross against Aaron O'Callaghan but the home side must have known it wasn't going to be their day when O'Callaghan made it 4-1. New signing Tommy Lavelle has good South Armagh pedigree and it was he who wrapped up the 2 points with a comfortable win against Brian O'Neill.
Paddy O'Callaghan returned to losing ways after he ended his win drought against Windmill the week before. Barry McAllister hasn't been ripping any trees this season himself but he saw off O'Callaghan to make 6-1. Whitecross anchorman Mickey O'Hanlon continued his good season with a good win over free-potting Pat Byrne.
Hustlers had a superb win against Dan's C with Dan's replacing Carrickcruppen in 2nd from bottom. Dan's got off to a flying start when they took a stunning 3-0 lead. Seamus Graham defeated Kevin Magee with Magee suffering a horrendously bad season. Jimmy McVerry is a nice player and he made it 2-0 beating the experienced campaigner Tucker Hughes. James O'Hagan has been having a very good season especially with the added pressure of being the Newry and District pool champion. And he was on form again with another brilliant 8-ball clearance against the talented Shane McAillster to put Dan's C 3-0 up.
Hustlers were in big trouble and it took the youthful Ciaran O'Neill to put the visitors on the scoreboard with another terrific performance. Dee Kearney we hear was limping badly round the table for Hustlers as yet we have no information on why and he pulled it back to 3-2 with a fortunate win over Chris Smith who had a six ball finish and went in off the black . Cathal McCoy who lost his last two games needed a win badly and held his nerve and it was game on when he levelled the match at 3-3 with a great performance against Garry Boyle.
The experienced Micky Cunningham has been in great form of lately and could see the the hustlers getting back into the game , he took on Seamus Tumilty and Tumbled Tumilty did when micky made it 4-3 hustlers’ Dan's C were crumbling by now and it was no surprise when Billy O'Neill nailed 2 very welcome points beating Barry O'Neill for a memorable 5-3 win in Bessbrook.
Hustlers have moved into 4th in the league table now after securing their 3rd win of the season. They have 10 points and are 8 off top spot.
Division 1 leaders Bear's had no problem at home to Sheepbridge. The Sheepbridge players might as well of headed for the slides in Cheeky Monkeys because the Bear's mauled the Money's Thursday night. Garry Powell, Sean McKevitt, Neill Heaney, Adrian 'Oz' Holman, Seamus Keenan, Ralph Crummy, Eddie Heaney and Paddy Heaney completed the obliteration 8-0.
McGuigan's C produced their best performance of the season when they slaughtered title rivals TJ's D. Joe Poucher could well could turn out to be the signing of the season for McGuigan's C and his inspiring win against Jason Lennon set the tone for the match.
Liam Bradley is having a very good season and he beat the attacking Nicky Irwin for 2-0. Michael McClelland and Noel Bradley made it 4-0 after wins over Callum Byrne and Gavin McNally.
Luckily for TJ'D they had some very useful players coming on and in theory they had the players capable of nicking a draw. The reality was very different though.
Adrian Annett is a very good potter for TJ's D but Shane McVerry got the run of the ball to win the match and it was 5-0. Matty Cartmill is another super player TJ's but Rony O'Reilly is playing fantastic pool and enjoying another terrific season and he made it 6-0.
Niall O'Hare is having a very poor season for a former Northern Irish pool international youth player. He had a rare win when he overcame Conor McCarten to make it 6-1. Davy Hanna made it a final score 6-2 when he pulled another frame back for TJ's but the this boat had long since sailed and McGuigan's C look like real title challengers.
Nan's Rams put paid to Ballyholland's slim title hopes with a convincing 6-2 victory up in Ballyholland. Barney Preece and Mickey Nugent put the Rams 2-0 up after wins over Gerald McAvoy and Colm Shields.
Giby Vettiankal delivered a back- hander to Nan's when he saw off the useful Jimmy O'Hare for 2-1. It was 3-1 at the half-way mark when Pat McClenaghan beat Kevin McGovern.
Malachy McGuire and Leigh McAlinden are 2 very good players and they sealed the 2 points with wins over Jim McMahon and Marty O'Hare.
Mark Maguire made it 6-1 with a comfortable win over Manny Kelly before Davy McAvoy rescued a frame for Ballyholland when he beat Mark Pentony for a 6-2 scoreline.
Division 2 leaders Trainor's notched their 8th league win of the season when they had found one of their best performances of the season against the high flying Cue Club. Charlie Doherty was the hero for Trainors when his win wrapped up the points in a good contest.
Tommy Mooney v Philip Murphy is one of the match-up of the season. 2 of the best players in Division 2 going head to head. Mooney used all his experience to thwart the attacking play of Murphy and it was 1-0 to the visiting Trainor's.
Sean McArdle and Declan Finnegan is another frame with 2 fine exponents of the game. Finnegan of Trainor's loves to take a shot and never thinks of playing tactical. McArdle held firm and took his chance to equalise for the City centre side. Frank McArdle made it 2-1 for the Cue Club when he beat the more then useful Marty Pollock. Collie Rafferty hit back to level for Trainor's when he beat Eddie Lee.
The leaders were starting to find their groove now and Paddy McKeown made it 3-2 with a good black against Ciaran Magill. Proprietor Mark Trainor put his Trainor's on the hill with some good play against Jordan Murphy. Calvin Li made it an exciting finish when he was able to out pot the experienced campaigner Luke Phelan for 4-3.
Charlie Doherty has been in the form of his life this season and he brushed aside Raymond Murphy as if he wasn't even there to sew up 2 very valuable points for the league leaders Trainor's Bar.
Granvue had one of their best performances of the season so far when they had a brilliant result at home to fellow title contenders Armagh/Down. The luxurious Granvue also possess a very useful pool team and are back in the title hunt. Richie Magee, Conor Dullaghan and Shane Feehan fired the Omeath side into a commanding 3-0 lead. James Clarke, Shane Durnin and John Rodgers on the receiving end for Armagh/Down.
Oran Keenan gave the visiting Newry side hope when his superb pool pulled it back to 3-1. Gerry Kierans put the Louth rivals on the brink of 2 critical points when he hammered Ryan Gray.
The 'great' Sean Donnan and then Caolan Marron gave Granvue a squeeky bum when they pulled the scores back to 4-3 with wins over Jordan Loye and Owen Smyth.
It was Paul Bruen who got the plaudits and not for the 1st time put in a match winning exhibition to seal both points for Granvue Hotel. Gerard Harte was the opponent and he could do little as Bruen struck the winning frame.
Check out the league tables online and the scorecards are up too.