CWC A had their bye so it was imperative that TJ's A won this game to keep the pressure on. It was man against boys in the end. Naive pool at best, pathetic pool would be more accurate.
Carrickcruppen have a decent squad of players but no leaders. The core is weak. If Jamie Lavelle loses the rest give up.
Tommy Lavelle, Jamie Lavelle and Kieran Hanna snr just weren't good enough against Jack Courtney, Raymond McKenna and Tristan Byrne. 3-0 down but the shock of the night was on the way as Barry McAllister beat the super postie Declan McMahon to reduce the deficit to 3-1.
Stephen Lavelle was totally out classed by Manny Byrne to put TJ's A on the brink of 2 points.
Martin McVeigh wasn't good enough to take out the big finish on Stevie Noade. Noade got 2 shots but still needed an incredible fluke to finish off McVeigh and finish off Cruppen for 5-1.
Ciaran Hanna was well beaten by the excellent Laurence McAlinden to make it 6-1.
And to round off an awful night Paddy O'Callaghan handed Declan McConville only his 2nd league win of the season when he potted the black followed by the white for an easy 7-1 win to the quadruple champions.
Sheepbridge A followed up on last week's big win over McGuigan's by destroying high flying surprise package Bears.
Brendan Markey and sharpshooter Seanie Markey put the visiting Sheepbridge 2-0 up with wins over the usually reliable Garry Powell and Ralf Crummy.
Ace reporter Sean McKevitt is having a good season but Ciaran Morgan proved the sword is mighter than the pen when he made it 3-0 the 'Bridge'.
Pat Kearns was on form to beat 'Ozzy' Adrian Holman and a point was secured at 4-0.
Barry Duffy beat Paul Murphy with a few tactical shots to make it 5-0 and Ciaran Morgan junior beat the methodical Seamus Keenan for a soul destroying 6-0 lead.
Worry not though the Bears found their teeth in the final 2 frames.
Anthony Morgan and Eddie Heaney are both in good form of late. Morgan beat Johnny McAvoy for 6-1 and in the final frame Heaney delivered himself an early birthday prezzie when he beat old reliable Gwyn Trainor for a final score 6-2 Sheepbridge.
Whitecross have sneaked up the league table with their 3rd win in a row.
Martin O'Callaghan got Whitecross off to a flyer when he beat Damien 'Diddles' McArdle.
Gareth McCann picked up a rare win when defeated youthful potting machine Ciaran O'Neill for 2-0.
Noel Donaldson was very happy to beat Barry Murphy but Whitecross need all the luck they can get and it was 3-0.
The experienced Billy O'Neill hammered the usually reliable Mickey O'Hanlon to pull it back 3-1.
Young James Toner of Whitecross is turning a few heads and he had a massive win over Shane McAllister. McAllister has been sensational this season but Toner played well to make it 4-1 to the visitors.
Some say Tornado, some say Tomato. Michael Feenan allegedly told opponent Cathal McCoy that he was going to destroy him but all he did was poke the dragon. McCoy toyed with Feenan making the lad look very silly before sinking 7 balls and a long black to pull the score back to 4-2. Feenan was very red faced and definitely looked a right Tomato as he sat slumped in the corner.
Tactical genius Bernie Magee put a frame between the teams when he out thought Brian O'Neill.
At 4-3 the final frame was always going to be a nervy one. Joseph McTaggart took on Hustlers sub Kevin Magee. Magee was chomping at the bit and he couldn't wait to rescue a point for his Bellinis side. Micky Cunningham for some reason stepped aside to let Magee play and after a mistake ridden frame it was McTaggart that win the match for Whitecross and 2 hard earned 2 points.
McGuigan's A were involved in a fascinating match with hosts TJ's Tigers.
McGuigan's stormed into a 4-0 lead against the Tigers with lots of negative tactical pool.
It was a bad sign for TJ's when John Magee won a very rare frame. Magee put McGuigan's 1 up and Terry McNally, Brian Campbell and then Brendan Healy put a very experienced McGuigan's front line 4-0 up. Richie Taylor, Jason Lennon, Niall O'Hare and Matty Cartmill had no answers to the tactics of McGuigan's old crocks.
The brilliant Gavin McNally stopped the rot for the Tiger's. 4-1 was just the start as finally the Tigers found their groove.
Adrian Annett and big Davy Hanna pulled it back to 4-3 thanks to wins over Dusty O'Hagan, Terry O'Hanlon and Mike McArdle lost out for McGuigan's.
Sean Rice was tasked with rescuing a point for TJ's Tigers. Bud Flanagan wasn't going to let McGuigan's good start go waste and it was Flanagan who ensured both points would travel across the town and put McGuigan's up onto 4 points for the season.
Check out the website for the updated league tables.
Division 2 blog will be up in the coming days.
All Teams That are entering the pairs please have them into cwc Monday 14/11/2016