TJ's A comfortably beat joint 2nd placed side Sheepbridge which effectively ended the the bowling clubs title dreams. TJ's opened up a 6 point gap and simply won't lose 3 league games between now and the end of the season. Whitecross drew 4-4 up in Killeavy which leaves the 5 adrift of TJ's A and realistically are in a 2-way battle for 2nd place honours.
Sheepbridge visited TJ's knowing only the maximum 2pts would keep them in the title race. Pat Brady gave Laurence McAlinden a very very rare defeat. Brady played a good tactical frame, covering pockets and keeping it tight. It went to a re-spot and 'Big Pat' took the opener.
Harvey Lavelle has a long history as an opponent to most of the squad so he was well up for his game with Jack Courtney. Lavelle was in superb form and as despatched Courtney with ease and Sheepbridge were on course to close the Premier gap.
2-0 is a great lead over any team but it's a dream against TJ's A. Niall McVerry had the chance to make it 3-0 but the inform McVerry fell at the hands of last seasons individuals runner-up Raymie McKenna.
Manny Byrne was always going to beat Barry Duffy and that meant the 2-0 lead had evaporated before Sheepbridge got time to sink a TJ's special offer from Jim McQuillan.
Eugene McDermott fresh from last weeks win in Carrickcruppen was potting well and his defeat of Dermot Lonergan gave TJ's a 3-2 lead. The home side and quadruple winners were on a roll now and N.I pool team mates Tristan Byrne and Paddy Tavey went head to head. Byrne is a different class this season and his win put TJ's on the verge of 2pts and Harvey Lavelle's face was looking a bit glum.
Stephen Teggart likes to leave a comment or 2 on the old blog and fair play to him He's got over his tricky start and he's looking more like a TJ's player every week. Howard Webb of the English Premier League wouldn't even fancy refereeing Teggart v Bernie Magee. two legends in the game and 2 players who don't half like a tactical battle. It was Teggart that came out on top with some brilliant potting to seal 2pts and all but mathematically end the Sheepbridge Title aspirations.
With the game all sewn up captain fantastic Declan McConville took his foot off the gas and Seamus McGeoghegan made the result took closer than it was to finish the scoring at 5-3.
Killeavy GAC are a good game for any team this season and they pretty much handed TJ's A the Premier Division title when the took a well deserved point off 2nd place Whitecross.
Cathal Phelan has been a joy to watch this season and he put the visiting 'Cross' cueiests 1-0 up. Paddy O'Callaghan has been in indifferent form since his dream Whitecross start hit the rocks. Sean Og Duffy isn't a prolific scorer but he levelled the scores defeating O'Callaghan.
Shane Phelan had an excellent win over the Killeavy top marksman Darren O'Hanlon before Michael 'Tornado' Feenan gave Whitecross and fantastic 3-1 lead with victory over the decent Stephen Cunningham.
The Wheels started to come off for Whitecross when one of their best players Mickey O'Hanlon lost to Mark Shevlin. Shevlin is no doubt a very good player but he's having one of the tricky seasons were he is struggling for wins. The Killeavy ace held his nerve in a close game to pull the scores back to 3-2 Whitecross.
Brian O'Neill couldn't prevent the useful Tom Mageniss from levelling the match at 3-3 and Joseph McTaggart lost out when Stephen Murphy picked up a very rare win for Killeavy.
At 4-3 down Whitecross captain knew the title dreams had slipped away. With the shackles off Malone produced a rare moment of magic when he broke finished against Pat Quinn. Malone is more renowned for his social media exploits so it was refreshing to see him do it on the green baize for a change and maybe keep him quiet for a while but as we know here on the blog it would be easier to fly without wings than keep Gavin Malone quiet .
In Division 2 it was 1st verses 2nd as Trainor's of Camlough took on City side Armagh/Down. It was simply a must win game for the Monaghan Street boys.
Tommy Mooney fired in his usual 1st frame win when he took out Gerard Harte. The Exellent Caolan Marron squared up the match when gave Declan Finnegan the sour taste of a rare defeat. Marty Pollock and Mark Trainor gave Trainor's a 3-1 lead at the half way mark when they out potted Oran Keenan and James Clarke.
Paddy McKeown is having a good season for Trainor's but John Rogers pulled Armagh/Down back into the match with superb win to make it 3-2. The visiting Newry men knew they needed the next 3 games to keep alive the Division 2 title dream but new signing Martin McCone won his 1st match of his new team mates and all but ended Armagh/Downs title hopes. Collie Rafferty put the final nail in that debate when he helped his team open up a 6pt gap on Armagh/Down with victory over Sean Donnan.
Charlie Doherty has been a brilliant anchorman all season and with nothing at stake he let Willie Andrews take the final frame for a final score of Trainor's 5-3 Armagh/Down.
Millvale are now the only challengers to Trainor's Bar with a realistic chance of catching the Camlough cueiests. They had an incredible win over other promotion hopefuls Granvue Hotel.
Millvale will need maximum points from their remaining games. That began at the hands of the experienced Adrian Murphy but his shock defeat to Richie Magee put them under immediate pressure.
Killian McDonnell levelled up for Millvale when he beat Peter McCourt. 2 superb players for the Omeath Hotel Shane Feehan and Conor Dullaghan put Granvue 3-1 up with great wins over Collie McCann and Paul Rowland.
The stakes couldn't be higher. One more loss and Millvale could kiss good bye to holding aloft the Division 2 winners trophy on the presentation night. Willy Hughes and Ryan Diamond fired Millvale level playing great pool beating firstly the brilliant Paul Bruen and then Jordan Loye.
Marty McGoldrick gave Millvale the lead when he beat David Heaney and alas the 2 vital points were sealed when Glenn McArdle beat a very useful Fisher. A great 5-3 win for Millvale and they're going to need more where that came from.
In Division 1 the top 3 teams all won. Bear's had a comfortable win at home to Indo. Nan's Rams had a good win over an inform Bosco and TJ's D had a handy win over a very good McGuigan's B.
Check out the league tables online now and the individuals blog will be coming soon so keep an eye out for that.