There wasn't much in the way of shocks in the last 16 of the Cunningham Cup. All the Premier Division big hitters are safely through at a canter. There were some big wins as half the games were won by 5 frames or more. Two 8-1 wins and two 7-2 saw some of the underdogs receive a severe beating.
The lowest ranked team left in the Cunningham Cup is Forester's B. They were taking on Glen Social Club. Both clubs are really struggling this season. Forester's are 3rd from bottom just 1 point off bottom spot in a really tight Division 2. Although if you were a real optimist then Forester's are only 2 points off 3rd place. 2 wins and 2 draws out of 8 isn't promotion form though.
Glen Social Club are rock bottom of Division 1 with 1 win and 2 draws. They are only 5 points off top spot but have lost some good players recently and the likes of Gerard Bagnall moving to Orchard Bar has left Glen favourites for the drop.
David O'Brien and Pat Hughes got the hosting Forester's B off to the perfect start with some good pool over Jay Kelly and Pat Rice.
Marty O'Brien and Stevie Quinn doubled the INF pubs' advantage when they stunned Daniel Shields and Paddy Morgan.
Mark Kidd and Kevin Sands opened Glen's account. Kidd is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter so our heart goes out to him. Sands considers himself an athlete and it was the Glen duo that had Barney O' Connor and Gerard O'Connell on the run.
Forester's led 2-1 going into the singles games but Glen would still be slight favourites to squeeze through.
Caolan O'Connor beat namesake Caolan Lonergan in a massive frame for Forester's. It was the confidence boost they needed and gave them belief to push on.
Marty O'Brien made it 4-1 when he stuffed out of sorts Ben Mackin. Forester's were in dreamland and 1 frame away from a place in the last 8.
Pat Hughes was the Forester's B hero when he edged out John Morgan for a famous 5-1 win.
Raymie Sands is a very skillful experienced player and it turned out a huge mistake playing him so far down the pecking order. David O'Brien found Sands in hot form and the scoreline was 5-2.
Peter Smyth was the captain who masterminded the Forester's win and he was delighted to add his name to winners party. He beat the useful Kevin Sands.
Stevie Quinn rounded off a stunning night when he beat Mark Kidd. Kidd had already a win from earlier in the Pairs but Glen had downed tools and Quinn finished off a famous night with a resounding 7-2 win.
Whitecross and Hustlers had to work hard for their wins.
Nifty Fifty are top of Division 2 and in confident mood heading out to Whitecross.
Robbie Loughran and Axel Foley took the opener and after that good start they led 2-1 thanks to smart partnerships.
Shane and Cathal Phelan equalised but Aidan Griffin and Brendan McAllister showed they weren't there to make up the numbers as Nifty Fifty led 2-1 at they end of the Pairs.
Michael Feenan continued his good form and Shane Phelan won and Whitecross led 4-2.
Chris McKeown pulled it back to 4-3 for the INF side.
Alan Burke took the winning high fives and Cathal Phelan and Joseph McTaggart made it 6-3.
Hustlers were all square at 2-2 but St. Monnina B ran out of top quality players to sustain a good challenge.
Gwyn Trainor and Billy O'Neill then Denvor Jenkins and Ray Magee had Hustlers 2-1 in the Pairs. Sandwiched inbetween was an excellent win for Fred and Matt Cameron.
Declan Donnelly equalised to give Hustlers some food for thought.
Shane McAllister put Hustlers 3-2 up to put behind him a personally difficult start to the season.
Kevin Magee put Hustlers on the hill at 4-2 and super potter Ciaran O'Neill dragged the home side over the line for 5-2.
Billy O'Neill and Barry Murphy made it a comprehensive 7-2 win.
It's good to see players like Pete Donnelly still mixing it with the big guns and long may it continue. Its back to Division 2 for St. Monnina B.
Dee Kearney must think the Pool God's are conspiring against him as he picked up yet another defeat. He's had his disagreement's with Trainor's captain Niall McVerry and he just can't nail down a regular spot in their star studded team.
Eddie McCaughey and James O'Hagan, Jimmy McVerry and Seamus Graham then Sean Murray and Noel Bradley fired Trainor's into a commanding 3-0 lead against TJ's C.
Adam Carroll had one of the best results of the last 16 when he beat powerhouse Paddy Tavey to make it 3-1.
Niall McVerry then the potting machine Eddie McCaughey booked the last 8 spot for Trainors A.
Liam Bradley then Seamus McVerry made it 7-1 before the famous Nathan Crudden tamed Dee Kearney for 7-2.
CWC A are safely through to the last 8 winning 8-1. Kevin Lennon and Richard Fletcher had the cheek to win the opener for Bar 7 Warrenpoint but CWC A took all 8 remaining frames. Paddy Clarke won the all important 5th frame for CWC to get the win while Micky Cunningham picked up a rare win to make it 8-1.
Orchard Bar had a terrific win at the home of Windmill Bar. Orchard had their last 8 spot booked with a stunning 5-0 demolition job. New signing Gerard Bagnall sealing the win.
Davey Loughran bagged Windmill's solitary frame to make it 5-1.
Orchard stormed on for an 8-1 win.
McGuigan's struggled against Killeavy INF. It was 2-2 before McGuigan's pushed on for 5-2. John Hogan getting McGuigan's winning frame.
The South Armagh side won the last 2 to make it a tighter looking 5-4 to McGuigan's.
Red hot Ballyholland got a fright from Port Bar. Ballyholland are riding high in Division 1 while Port are on the back of some average results in Division 2.
Port Bar led 3-2 but when Giby Vettiankal levelled Ballyholland never looked back.
Colm Shield was the hero when he made it 5-3 to Ballyholland. Gerard McAvoy made it a 6-3 win for Ballyholland.
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