Sheepbridge dropped a massive point at home to Carrickcruppen to hand the runner-up spot back into the hands of Whitecross with only 1 game each remaining. Whitecross received an 8-0 whitewash over Windmill. Ironically Whitecross will now visit Carrickcuppen and should they claim maximum points it won't matter what Sheepbridge result is - the 'Cross' will get runner-up spot. Sheepbridge will travel up to Windmill in the their final fixture.
Paddy Tavey was up 1st for Sheepbridge and he didn't play well at all as Tommy Lavelle gave the visiting 'Cruppen' the lead.
Corrinshego legend Bernie Magee was moved up the pecking order for Sheepbridge and he needed all his experience to thwart the talented Jamie Lavelle and Magee was able to tie up the match at 1-1.
Another former Corrinshego legend Harvey Lavelle was a dead cert to beat Carrickcruppen player John Brannighan. But even the dead certs don't always win. Lavelle broke and left an inviting table. Brannighan took them out to stun Lavelle for a brilliant 8-ball clearance.
Dermot Lonergan equalised when he beat Pat Byrne and it was 2-2 at the half way mark.
Pat Brady was a proper dead cert against Paul Hughes and he had no problem giving Sheepbridge the lead for the 1st time in the match.
Niall McVerry is a super potter but Ian McDonald was able to slow McVerry down a gear or 2 and after some good potting himself it was 3-3. Seamus McGeoghegan out Sheepbridge back in front for the 2nd time when he beat Barry McAllister and the bowling club looked odds on to go into the final game of the season level with Whitecross.
It was left to Gwyn Trainor to beat Aaron O'Callaghan for the maximum return. But the excellent potting O'Callaghan wasn't in the mood to be rolled over and he broke the Sheepbridge hearts when he took the final frame to leave the final score 4-4.
Dan's C have some how clawed their way from certain relegation to giving themselves an outside chance of a play-off with Killeavy. KIlleavy lost 5-3 to league champions and that meant if Dan's could beat Orchard Bar they would move 2pts behind Killeavy going into the final round of fixtures.
Karl McGuinness beat Seamus Graham in the opener but Seamus McVerry equalised for Dan's when he beat the useful Lee Irvine.
Last years individual champion James O'Hagan isn't enjoying being the hunted as the Dan's sharpshooter suffered another defeat this time to Sean McCaul. Shane McMahon is on a decent run of form for Dan's and squared the match up at the half way mark defeating Mervyn Kernaghan.
Seamus Tumilty and Chris Smith gave Dan's C a 4-2 lead when they beat Niall Davis and Brendan Devlin. Ritchie Crawford proved his still a force when he pulled it back to 4-3 beating Barry Boyle.
Jimmy McVerry needed to beat David Cromie to keep Dan's C from slipping through the trap door into Division 1 and he managed to hold his nerve to give Dan's a lifeline going into the last round of fixtures when he secured a superb 5-3 home win over Orchard Bar.
Look out for the Vegas Cup blog and The fascinating Div 1 title race blog coming Later.
The Vegas Cup semi final will have very unfamiliar look to it. TJ's A and Sheepbridge A make up half the draw but the very unlikely pairing of Trainor's Bar in Camlough and the Indo make up the rest of the quartet.
TJ's A sailed through destroying Orchard Bar 8-1 in the only all-Premier Division tie.
Sheepbridge didn't get it quite so handy against promoted TJ's D of Division 1. With the game delicately poised at 2-2 thanks to wins for Paddy Tavey and Dermot Lonergan for Sheepbridge and Gavin McNally and the superb Niall O'Hare who beat the legendry Pat Brady.
Niall Mcverry and Bernie Magee put Sheepbridge on the brink of the semi final but the brilliant Jason Lennon pulled it back to 4-3 for TJ's D.
Seamus McGeoghegan made sure it didn't go to a decider when he won the 8th frame to make it 5-3. Gwyn Trainor added the 6th for Sheepbridge to give the scoreline a more polished look about it.
Div 2 run away league winners Trainor's of Camlough continued on their fantastic season by hammering Whitecross 6-2.
Before Mickey O'Hanlon equalised for Whitecross, Tommy Mooney had given Trainor's the lead.
After all these years Cathal Phelan is still getting educated by his Daddy as senior Luke Phelan beat Cathal to make it 2-1. Charlie Doherty, Marty McCone and Collie Rafferty made it 5-1 to put Trainor's into the semi final draw.
Indo were arguably the biggest surprise winners of the night when they fought back against the much fancied Hustlers. Indo are languishing 2nd from bottom in Division 1 while Hustlers need a point in their last game to be certain of staying in the Premier Division.
Tucker Hughes, Kevin Magee and Ciaran O'Neill helped Hustlers into a useful 3-1 lead. Brian O' Connor had pulled it back to 2-1 with a super win over Cathal McCoy
Stephen Quinn and John O'Flaherty levelled the scores at 3-3. Dessie Taggart gave Indo a shock 4-3 lead and Eamon Pollock defeated Billy O'Neill to secure a huge upset and a place in the last 4. Stephen Jennings rubbed salt in the Hustlers wounds when he hammered Barry Murphy