TJ's alway start with Kieran McMahon, Declan Brennan & Manny Byrne. The South Armagh side had their homework done and made sure their main men missed the TJs big guns.
Kieran McMahon did start 1st & he took Seamus McGeogeghan apart for a no surprise 1-0 TJ's lead.
Declan Brennan reliably doubled the City centre sides lead when finished exquisitely against Pat Byrne for 2-0.
Manny Byrne used his get out of jail free card against Marty O'Callaghan when the latter had a good chance to peg back league champions TJ's A. But Byrne took his his chance & it was 3-0.
Carrickcruppen were playing a dangerous game & to have any chance Harvey Lavelle would have to win his game against the impressive Jack Courtney. Courtney has been fantastic all season but Lavelle was determined and some brilliant pool pulled 1 back for 'Cruppen' and it was 3-1.
Paddy Tavey (stealing a quote from Forrest Gump) is like a box of Chocolates, you never know what your going to get! Luckily for Carrickcruppen they got a nice surprise when Tavey got the better of Stevie Noade after a bit of a tactical battle.
The gamble was starting to pay off and when Paddy Clarke turned on the style to finish brilliantly against former Corrinshego teammate Raymie McKenna the dream was well and truly back on as Clarke levelled the scores at 3-3.
Laurence McAlinden has been virtually untouchable this season & Marty Lavelle was up against it. Lavelle did have his chances to win it but McAlinden held his nerve to put TJ's A back in front & stop their 3 frame losing streak.
Tristan Byrne hasn't ripped up too many trees this season but he was always red hot favourite to beat Barry McAllister. Byrne was just to good and had no problem sending the Galacticos TJ's A into yet another final sealing a 5-3 win.
Captain Declan McConville will be well pleased with his nights work. He's captaining one of the greatest ever sides to compete in the Newry Pool league & his win over Marty McCone left a final score of 6-3.
TJ's can now look forward to a date with Whitecross with the latter in their 1st ever Cunningham Cup final. Whitecross will also be their opponents in the Premier Division final. And Sheepbridge will be tough opposition in the Vegas Cup final for TJ's A.