There were little in the way of shocks in the Preliminary round of the Divisional cups on Thursday night. The Premier Division had 2 of the best games of the night.
Sheepbridge dumped Carrickcruppen out while TJ's A needed a last gasp final frame winner to book their place in the 1/4 final.
Sheepbridge were below Carrickcruppen in the league but with Sheepbridge having home advantage then they would have been slight favourites. Man for man Carrickcruppen should win this game easy. Sheepbridge are getting it tough for players and even tougher for motivation.
Some strange decisions by captain Gus Hughes pretty much handed Sheepbridge the win on a plate. It beggers belief why you would leave your 2 best players until 6th and 7th on the team sheet. The home team with only 2 league wins couldn't believe their luck when the saw the team sheet and soon realised Carrickcruppen were travelling with no pilot.
Pat Kearns had to be begged to go as we learnt he had supposedly quit the pool team. Kearns was composed and the former captain beat Tommy Lavelle to put Sheepbridge 1 up.
Ciaran Hanna jnr had played early in the past to good effect and he had a very good win over Brendan Markey to square up the match. 1-1.
Now was the time to bring in the big guns. Jamie Lavelle or Kieran Hanna but no it was Aaron O'Callaghan. O'Callaghan has struggled badly for form all season and even though a good potter he was low on confidence and Seanie Markey is far to good not to take advantage and it was 2-1 to his Bowling Club.
Surely now the big guns would come in but no Carrickcruppen captain played John Brannigan and Barry Duffy was loving it as he put Sheepbridge 3-1 up and his team only needing 2 from the last 5.
Barry Mc Allister repaid the unusual faith in him when he played ahead of Lavelle and Hanna and his good win over Johnny McEvoy pulled it back to 3-2.
With Gus Hughes playing last the lads were under severe pressure to win. Jamie Lavelle was at long last to come into the action. It doesn't take much at this level to swing a game and Ciaran Morgan junior did well to beat the talented Jamie Lavelle and it was now 4-2.
Kieran Hanna new win or lose his team were effectively out of the Divisional cup. Ciaran Morgan Senior made it a Morgan double and sent Cruppney tumbling out of the cup with a 5-2 scoreline.
Gwyn Trainor won't have lost much sleep after sharp shooter Pat Byrne picked up a rare win.
2 players barely a win between them clashed in the final frame dead rubber. Gus Hughes made the score a little more respectable at 5-4 but the Carrickcruppen defeat falls squarely on his shoulders with his bizarre team selection.
TJ's A got the fright of their life when TJ's Tigers produced one of the comebacks of the season so far.
Paul 'Skippy' Morgan played a rare frame for TJ's and he beat the excellent Gavin McNally to make it 1-0 to the A team.
Jack Courtney made it 2-0 besting another talented player in Matty Cartmill.
Manny Byrne has been far from unbeatable this season but it was still a surprise when fellow international player Niall O'Hare made it 2-1.
Declan McMahon and the reliable Raymond McKenna looked to have all but sealed the A teams 1/4 spot with wins over Adrian Annett and Sean Rice.
Tigers' Jason Lennon has found it tough going in the Premier Division so far but after beating Tristan Byrne hopefully he can move on and show his class. Lennon made it 4-2.
Davy Hanna really had the Tiger's believing a miracle could be on the cards when he TJ's A captain Laurence McAlinden to make it 4-3.
When Richie Taylor toppled Stevie Teggart in a good tactical game TJ's A were rattled and the Tigers were dreaming of an unlikely win over their stablemates.
Both Declan McConville and Nicky Irwin have had poor starts to the season to say the least. It's only a matter of time before the cream rises to the top and McConville might just at long last be coming into a bit of good form. It wouldn't be before time! The ex-TJ's A captain won the exciting decider to break the Tiger's hearts and TJ's A are still on course for the quadruple.
In Division 1 Dan's raced into a 3-0 lead against fellow title rivals Ballyholland. James O'Hagan, Niall Connelly and Seamus Tumilty on Target for for model villagers.
Robbie White, Jim McMahon and Dave McAvoy were on fire as the tied up the match up in Ballyholland Social Club.
Individuals champion Seamus McVerry beat Marty O'Hare and league leaders Dan's were on the verge of the 1/4 final.
Peter Tavey was the hero for Dan's when he had a good win over Colm Shields to put the visitors through 5-3.
Brendan Keenan won the final frame over Terry Phoenix but it was just a cosmetic win to finish the scoring 5-4.
TJ's B and McGuigan's B were involved in one of the games of the night in the Division 1 cup. McGuigan's B smashed home the opening 3 frames thanks to Gary Fitzmaurice, Keith Gilbraith and John Hagan.
Harry Brady and Johnny McMurray pulled it back to 3-2 for TJ's B. It was game on but McGuigan's were still in control when the useful Michael Kinney made it 4-2.
TJ's B were rattled and needed all of the last 3 frames. Paul Taylor and Conor Heaney took us to a decider when they tied this pulsating match at 4-4.
Joe Magill of McGuigan's would take on the legendry Damian Woods of TJ's B for a place in the 1/4 finals. Both players have picked up important wins this season but this one went to form and Damian Woods claimed another massive win for himself and TJ's B to book their spot in the next round.
In the Division 2 cup St. Moninna hammered Cavern 7-2 despite losing the opening frame. Gary Cregan put the visitors 1-0 up but the Saints hit back through Michael McCormack, Barry Smith, Andrew Mackin and Darren Mackin to leave themselves 1 frame away from the last 8.
John Mackin wasted no time in sending St. Moninna through and Conor McQuid made it 6-1. Dominic Donnelly won the Saints last frame of the night for 7-1 before Damon Murphy beat the forever young Hugh Donnelly in the 9th frame for a 7-2 scoreline.
CWC B beat Madden's with the same 7-2 score to progress with ease.
Superb potter Philip Murphy gave TJ's C the lead in their Div 2 Preliminary Divisional cup against Forresters. Both teams are struggling badly this season but visiting Forresters took the next 3 games. Kieran Loughran, Andrew Chan and Rayme Magee made it 3-1.
Adrian Larkin gave TJ's C some hope when he made it 3-2. But Forresters stepped up a gear to ko TJ's C team.
Chris McKeown, Ollie White, Hugh McGrath and John Allen completed a comfortable 7-2 victory for Forresters.
Indo B were dreaming of a famous win when they tied the game at 2-2 with title chasing Millvale Arms. Denver Jenkins typically put Indo 1 up before Benny Hoey made it 1-1 for Millvale.
Brendan Rocks gave Indo the lead again but the brilliant Ryan Diamond tied the game for Millvale for the 2nd time.
Colly McCann and Killian McDonald eased Millvale into a more plausible 4-2 advantage. Gary Gibney sent Millvale through 5-2. Mickey McGoldrick heaped more misery on Indo making it 6-2.
Sean Markey won the final frame of the night for Indo B for a 6-3 result.
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