TJ's D completed the Division 2 league & cup double after a heroic comeback against a very motivated Glenn Social Club. TJs won the Div2 league with games to spare and with their youthful team of potters were red hot favourites here.
Jason Lennon has been nothing shot of sensational this season and it was a huge upset when Kevin Sands took the opening frame against the TJs star. Sands played a good tactical game and slowed Lennons attacking style to put Glenn 1-0 up.
Nicky Irwin levelled up for the favourites with some tasty potting against Patrick Morgan. Irwin has put in a terrific season for TJs & it was game on. 1-1.
Adrian Annett verses Gerard Bagnall was one of the match-ups of night. Two superb players with a win record any player would be well proud of. Young Bagnall held his nerve in this great game to put Glenn 2-1 up.
Daniel Grey of TJs D wasn't at his best and Raymie Sands is certainly one of the the best players in the strong Glenn line-up and he produced the goods to put Glenn into a surprise 3-1 lead.
The pressure was on Gavin McNally for TJ's D and he didn't disappoint. Danny Lennon is good but just couldn't put Glenn on the hill and it was 3-2 to Countrysiders.
Sean Rice was up against the experienced Tony Murtagh and some superb potting levelled up the scores at 3-3.
Ritchie Taylor was the perfect player coming on for TJ's D. Steady as a rock, tactically good & a great potter. He made no mistake seeing off the useful Aodhan Boyle to give the league champions the lead for the 1st time 4-3.
If Taylor was perfect then having Matty Cartmill coming on next was a bit of a dream for TJ's D. Cartmill has been outstanding all season and Mickey Murtagh was really up against it. Cartmill was unstoppable and some brilliant pool secured the Division 2 cup for a unique double.
Callum Byrne produced the icing on the cake with securing a 6-3 win for TJ's D with a fine win over Ronan Morgan.
TJ's D have been a breath of fresh air to the pool league with their free flowing attacking pool. They have been fantastic right from the off & deserve all the plaudits coming their way. Ballyholland should serve as a warning that moving up into Division 1 will be no walk in the park. Ballyholland won the old division 4 going unbeaten the whole league campaign & struggled badly this year. But this TJ's side, if they can keep this team together will give Division 1 a good rattle.
Glenn Social Club had great cup runs this season & last season and now it's time to build of that success and push for promotion.