The champagne corks could be heard popping from every corner of the Newry Pool league Thursday night. It wasn't in the CWC where Cathal Phelan had a last gasp win to keep the Premier Division league leaders top of table. It wasn't in Camlough where Trainor's Bar increased their Division 1 lead to 3 points. It wasn't in Millvale where they moved into joint top spot in Division 2 after beating title Rivals Armagh/Down in the final frame.
No it was none of the above. The corks you heard popping were in fact Indo A (now playing out of Forresters) celebrating their 1st point of the season. 12 league games had been and gone. The leaves on the trees have been and gone. Santa has been and gone. The daffodils are coming through and spring is in the air. And finally, at long long last Indo A celebrate their point on the Division 1 league table.
It was a case of lucky 13 for Indo as they hosted 2nd from bottom Johnny Murphy's. Murphy's boasted a record of 2 wins and 2 draws before they travelled to Forresters in what was expected to be a routine 2 points.
Conor Curran was up 1st for Indo A but Niall Collins was too good and Murphy's took the opener. 0-1.
Caolan Rafferty had no answer to the excellent Brian Harte and there were no surprises that the visiting South Armagh side led 0-2.
Peter Cahill (Indo A) has been around the pool scene along time now and he used that experience to see off a determined Sheila Johnston to reduce the arrears by half. 1-2 to Murphy's.
Pat Hughes was 2nd favourite when he took on Johnny Murphy's star man Barry McNally but Hughes is another very experienced campaigner and he slowed McNally down to square the match 2-2.
Stephen Quinn hunted to his prey Kieran Larkin and he didn't even need his camouflage. Larkin is low on confidence at the minute and Quinn picked off his target with little problems to give Indo A their 3rd frame in a row to lead 3-2.
Dual player Gerard O'Connell is no dozer on the dart board and his Murphy's opponent Ryan McIroy was in good form on the baize and it was McIroy what started hot favourite. O'Connell potted some lovely balls upset the form books yet again and become an instant Indo hero. Their 1st point of the season had been secured. 4-2 Indo A.
Barney O'Connor was really up against it when getting Emmett Fearon. Fearon is a super player and 4-3 was never in doubt.
It was down to the wire. Indo had the chance to grab both points in a pressure pot final frame. Peter Smyth was up against Kevin Crilly. Peter Smyth went through the whole of the 1st half of the league without so much as winning a single frame for Indo A. Kevin Crilly has been solid as a rock for Johnny Murphy's winning over half his 1st half of the league campaign games. It's was a mismatch on paper and it turned out a mismatch on the table. Crilly's a quality player and he made sure the spoils would be shared 4-4.
It mattered not. Rumour has these lads like to party into the small hours and the champagne was flowing after Indo finally ended their baron 12 game pointless run. Well done to everyone from us here on the blog.
Anybody know what's going on in Ballyholland? Have they been having lessons from TJ's A international superstar Declan McConville? They 1st sent shockwaves through the Newry Pool league when they thrashed Dan's 7-1 and now they're at it again.
Ballyholland rolled down the hill to play near neighbours Windmill Bar. It was a must win game for both teams. Although the chances of either team winning the league are slim, the loser would officially be out of the running.
Colm Shields gave Ballyholland the lead but talented Brendan McVerry cancelled out Shields for 1-1.
David McAvoy and Brendan Keenan made it 3-1 to the visiting GAA club.
Giby Vettienkal made sure Ballyholland would take at least a point from the tie but the excellent Robbie White was on form again and he made it 5-1 and the 2 points were wrapped for export.
Manny Kelly and Kevin McGovern rubbed salt in the Windmill wounds for a soul destroying 7-1.
Ballyholland march on and are still in with an outside chance of winning Division 1, trailing leaders Trainor's by 4 points. Windmill are still in the promotion hunt by certainly will not be in the mix for the title.
Trainor's had a walk in the park victory over TJ's B. The Newry side travelled to Camlough knowing the odds were stacked against them. A 7-1 hammering was what the took back to the City and Trainor's Bar stretched their lead at the top.
Nan's Rams didn't get it quite so handy when McGuigan's B crossed the Canal.
Gary Fitzmaurice took the opener for McGuigan's when he beat Mark Maguire.
Barney Preece and Sean Casey fought out one of the worst standard of game seen for many a year. Casey missed a chance to win when it was harder to miss. Preece wasn't a whole lot better but eventually he levelled the scores for title hopefuls Nan's.
Jake O'Keefe beat Seamus Morgan and the visitors took the lead again but it was 2-2 at the halfway mark when Nan's hotshot Pat McClenaghan beat Joe Magill.
Mike Nugent and Mal Maguire fired Nan's into a 4-2 lead accounting for John Hogan and Austin Gilbraith.
The ever reliable Leigh McAlinden ensured Nan's Rams wouldn't have to suffer a decider and he beat Keith Gilbraith for 5-2.
The skillful Rony O'Relly couldn't make it 6 when he got caned by Nicky Langton.
Nan's move onto 18 Point, 3 behind Trainor's Bar. Dan's had their bye while Bosco received their 8-0 from Granvue exiting the league.
Check out the website for the updated league tables.
Premier Division blog coming tomorrow night and an update on Div 2.
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