With TJ's A winning comfortably in the Premier Division to maintain their 6 point lead at the top and Whitecross having a good win in McGuigans and 3rd placed Sheepbridge also picking up 2pts it's as you where with 6 games to go ( 5 for TJ's ).
Jack Courtney put TJ's A 1 up before Dan's C took a surprise 2-1 lead when Seamus McVerry and Garry Boyle upset the champions elect.
Player of the season so far Manny Byrne fired in yet another break finish for TJ's A to level the scores. Raymie McKenna and the brilliant Laurance McAlinden helped the unbeaten TJ's to a 4-2 lead. Eugene McDermott bagged the 2pts before captain marvel Declan McConville made it a healthy 6-2 win. It's well over 50 games now since TJ's A tasted defeat and Look dead certs to retain their title. This is a team that won't facilitate passengers and players like Stevie (Super Sub) Teggart and Darren Devlin look destined to spend a lot of the title run-in on the subs bench again.
Whitecross hold a slender 1 point lead over Sheepbridge in the race for 2nd place. Cathal Phelan was reliable as usual to put the visiting South Armagh men 1-0 up.
Brendan Healy levelled matters for McGuigan's A but the hosts went to sleep as Whitecross took over.
Michael Feenan, Marty O'Callaghan, Paddy O'Callaghan, Joseph McTaggart and captain Gavin Malone sealed a very 1 sided win. Damien Flanaghan won I final frame consolation for McGuigan's A for a final score of 6-2 to Whitecross.
Sheepbridge had a terrific win in CWC to keep the pressure on the 'Cross'. Kieran McMahon put CWC 1-0 up as usual but with the rest of CWC about as reliable as factor 2 sun cream in a Sahara heatwave it was clear Sheepbridge had it all to play for.
Harvey Lavelle knew to dodge to ginger bullet and played 2nd to square up the match. Bernie Magee and the ever improving Paddy Tavey made it 3-1 and it was the brilliant Pat Brady that put Sheepbridge on the verge of 2pts making it 4-1.
CWC replied through a useful PJ Gilmore for 4-2 but Sheepbridge just dusted themselves down and stormed to the tape. Barry Duffy and Seamus McGeoghegan wrapped up the points and the battle for 2nd place looks like a battle Royal.
In Divison 2 Trainor's Bar continued their quest for their 1st ever pool trophy and seem a certainty to pick up the league title in few months time. Another hammering dished out by the Camlough side kept them 4pts clear of Millvale. Madden's bar are a bit hit and miss but Trainor's are all hit as they went to town on the visiting City boys.
Tommy Mooney easily the best player in the Div 2 thanks largely to all the coaching from both Seamus McGeoghegan and Harvey Lavelle (both Corrinshego legends) put Trainor's in the driving seat. Declan Finnegan doubled the lead before Nicky Connell gave Madden's Bar a straw of hope.
Mark Trainor, Luke Phelan Paddy McKeown, Charlie Doherty and Collie Rafferty completed the route for a final 7-1 scoreline.
Millvale Stayed in with shout of catching Trainor's with a strong finish against Forresters. Paul Rowland gave the Pit bar side 1 to the good but it was soon the City side that reversed that thanks to wins from Andrew Chan and Chris McKeown. The pressure was on but Adrian Murphy made it 2-2 with 4 frames to play.
Killian McDonnell, Ryan Diamond, Willy Hughes and finally Glenn McCaul blasted Millvale to well earned 2pts and can still dream of a collapse from the leaders Trainor's Bar.
Division 1 is the league where all the excitement is. TJ's D remain top on 25 points with Bears a point behind on 24pts. TJ's C are inform and in 3rd place with 23pts and the final title contender is McGuigan's C on 22pts.
Nan's Rams went into Thursday nights round of fixtures on 19pts and badly needed to win to stay in touch with leading pack. The Rams were hosting TJ's C and a win was crucial for both. Barney Preece was impressive as usual and he fired the Rams into the lead as per normal with Preece.
Richard Taylor, Tony McGivern and Harry Brady set TJ's C well on course for maximum points when they put TJ's 3-1 up. The unpredictable Damien 'Diddles' McArdle put TJ's C on the hill and the experienced John McMurray wrapped up 2 vital points when he made it 5-1 and a youthful Niall McQuillan smashed the Rams out of the water making in 6-1.
The title race is certainly over for Nan's Rams but fair play they fought on to the bitter end and Mark Pentony pulled it back to 6-2.
Bears had a handsome 8-0 win over Bosco to stay on the tails of the leaders that deposed them TJ's D. The leaders TJ's cruised into a 4-0 lead thanks to an inform Jason Lennon, Davy Hanna, Niall O'Hare and Sean Rice.
Murray and O'Connor gave TJ's a bit of a scare when they pulled it back to 4-2 but it was a false dawn as Gavin McNally and Nicky Irwin finished the scoring for TJ's as they close in on the Division 1 title.
McGuigan's C had a good scrap with Murphy's bar to stay in the hunt and 3pts off the leaders TJ's D. Joe Poucher and Noel Bradley put the Monaghan Street contenders in a commanding 2-0 position. Barry Dawson replied for Murphys Bar but the fantastic Rony O'Reilly gave McGuigan's their 2 frame cushion back. It was tit-for-tat now as Brian Harte made it 3-2 when he won for Murphys. Liam Bradley hit the Bulls eye for McGuigan's to make it 4-2 but yet again this titanic battle swung back towards Murphys for 4-3 when Sheila Johnston picked up a rare win. It was all down the the final frame and McGuigan's C knew it was all or nothing as the league games whittle away.
Conor McCarten was the McGuigan's hero when he won the final pressure frame of the night to keep McGuigan's C firmly in the hunt for Division 1 title honours.
With the last 64 of the individuals pencilled in for the end of the month we will be having a special blog to analyse all the fixtures. There is a huge buzz around the singles title this year with a lot of talk on social media about the odds. Any one looking a bet can contact Pat Brady or Harvey Lavelle.