Shane Durnin of Armagh/Down Pool team produced one of the biggest shocks in the Newry and District pool individuals for long many a year. Durnin has very little experience in the top Division of the Pool league but we do know he likes to go for his pots. He played with Carrickcruppen in a fairly decent side a few years ago and has since played for Armagh/Down who have faded out out the Division 1 title race after starting the season so promisingly.
Durnin took on the mighty Manny Byrne of TJ's A and many didn't give him a prayer. The 1st frame saw N.Irish International Byrne go for the finish but ran out of position and Durnin got a couple of snookers and eventually claimed the lead. The 2nd frame Durnin missed a guilt edged chance to progress with the table at his mercy. The nerves kicked in and he gave Byrne 1 visit too many and the former individuals winner levelled the scores 1-1.
The table looked very nice for Durnin in the decider and Byrne was really up against it. Manny Byrne took the decision to play a deliberate foul but Durnin wasn't perturbed and still had the upper-hand. With the game slipping away Byrne took on a risky shot to roll his ball up to block Shane Durnin's hanging ball but when Durnin's ball dropped it was a 2nd deliberate and game over.
Shane Durnin was brilliant on the night and took the game to his opponent. For Manny Byrne the table was brutal for him. He alway had balls tied up and safe but you can take nothing away from Durnin he deserves all the plaudits that will come his way.
It was a double whammy for the Byrne house as Tristan bowed out in another shock result.
Again Tristan is an international player and on paper Damien Woods was only making up the numbers but that's the drama only pool can deliver. Woods plays for TJ's C and they are very much in the promotion hunt from Divison 1. He is by no means their star player and maybe he's better known for his exploits on the dart board but he's claimed an incredible scalp beating the inform Tristan Byrne 2-0.
A run down of the the venues
TJ's Table 1
Declan McMahon was in irresistible form as he blazed past Stevie Noades in the big TJ's A derby match. McMahon was the player on form and we had hotly tipped the Postman to deliver the goods. with some superb pool the former individual winner eased through 2-0. And deliver he did rumour has it on Friday morning people were getting there letters early from the happiest postie in newry .
Shane McAllister (Hustlers) had a comfortable 2-0 win over Paul Murphy (Bears). Murphy offered little resistance as McAllister cruised to the last 32.
Karl McGuinness(Orchard Bar) had little problems sending John Magee (McGuigan's A) packing. Magee might have done better in the 1st frame but McGuinness is in top form and brimming with confidence after slaying last years winner James O'Hagan (Dan's C) in the previous round. 2-0 was the result.
Seamus McGeoghegan had beaten Cathal McCoy 2-1 before Thursday nights fixtures.
Declan McMahon v Shane McAllister
Karl McGuinness v Seamus McGeoghegan.
Martin McVeigh (C/Cruppen) scraped past Ritchie Taylor (TJ's C) 2-1. We tipped McVeigh to win on a decider and he needed all is experience to squeeze past the free potting Taylor.
TJ's A captain Declan McConville got a real scare from Gavin McNally (TJ's D). McNally played some super pool and had McConvIlle on the ropes but the TJ's ace was able to use his international experience to edge through 2-1.
Cathal Phelan had no problems against Brian O'Neill in this Whitecross derby match. Phelan was very much the inform player and 2-0 was no surprise.
We tipped Emmet Fearon (Killeavy) to see off Pat McClenaghan (Nan's Rams) and the South Armagh ace eased through to the last 32 maybe slightly handier than we expected.
Martin McVeigh v Declan McConville
Cathal Phelan v Emmett Fearon
As we suspected the excellent McGuigan's pool table suited Niall O'Hare (TJ's D) better than Diarmuid Lonergan (Sheepbridge). O'Hare was potting them from the lampshades and blitzed Lonergan 2-0.
Adrian Annett brought his (TJ's D) form with him as be he beat Martin O'Callaghan (Whitecross) with sheer simplicity.
Anthony Morgan (Hustlers) beat Jamie Lavelle (Carrickcruppen) like he wasn't there 2 easy frames to 0.
Conor Dullaghan (Granvue) was just too good for Noel Bradley (McGuigan's C). Dullaghan is a tricky opponent and is 1 to keep an eye on as he made it to the last 32 2-0.
Niall O'Hare v Adrian Annett
Anthony Morgan v Conor Dullaghan
Seamus Graham (Dan's) caused a bit of a surprise when he beat Pat Byrne (Carrickcuppen) 2-1. Byrne can be the architect of his own down fall at times with his attacking style but Graham is good potter and deserved his win.
Kieran Hanna (McGuigan's) had a fantastic win over Tony McGovern (Orchard Bar) 2-1. 2 excellent players on their day but Hanna was able to use his vast experience to squeeze through to the last 32.
Barney Preece (Nan's Rams) was in scintillating form as he destroyed Matty Cartmill (TJ's D). This was 2 of the top players in Division 1 and Preece showed why he was a big favourite by blitzing Cartmill 2-0.
Damien Woods (TJ's C) got the 2nd biggest giantkilling act of the night when he ousted hot favourite Tristan Byrne (TJ's A) 2-0 in the final game in Bellinis.
Seamus McVerry v Kieran Hanna
Barney Preece v Damien Woods
Richard Fletcher (Boyds) reportedly didn't turn up for his game with Stephen Teggart (TJ's A) but 1 thing that is for sure Teggarts name is in the last 32.
Kieran McMahon (CWC) coasted through his last 64 game against Neill Heaney (Bears) 2-0. McMahon hit form early to take the 1st before Heaney made a bit of a fight of it in the 2nd frame but just hadn't enough to earn himself a frame.
Damien Flanaghan (McGuigan's A) had a good win over David Cromie (Orchard Bar) 2-0. Cromie famously defeated last years runner-up Raymie McKenna (TJ's A) in the previous round so this was a very good scalp for Flanaghan.
It was a short night in Moore's Bar as again another Boyds player allegedly didn't turn up. Paddy Phillips handed a 2-0 win to Gareth McCann (Whitecross).
Stevie Teggart v Kieran McMahon
Damien Flanaghan v Gareth McCann
TJ's Table 2
Niall McVerry (Sheepbridge) had a good 2-0 win over Rony O'Reilly (McGuigan's C). O'Reilly is having another good season in Division 1 with his promotion chasing McGuigan's but we did think this would be a step up in class too soon for him. O'Reilly did try a safety game in the opening frame but McVerry held firm to take the chance. The Sheepbridge marksman found his groove to book his place in the last 32.
Jack Courtney (TJ's A) was in fine form as he beat Seamus Graham (Dan's C). Courtney is among the favourites for the title and he was met with little resistance from Graham.
Ciaran Hanna Jnr (McGuigan's A) made it a Hanna double when he out potted Leigh McAlinden (Nan's Rams). Hanna Jnr is having a fine season and he was taking on some big pots and finished with confidence to see off a useful McAlinden.
Harvey Lavelle (Sheepbridge) is through to the last 32 but old team mate Paul Hughes (Carrickcruppen) gave him a right scare. This game was played before Thursday nights matches and Lavelle rode is luck as he progressed 2-1.
Niall McVerry v Jack Courtney
Ciaran Hanna Jnr v Harvey Lavelle
TJ's Table 3
Micky Cunningham (Hustlers) made Darren McCloskey (Orchard Bar) pay for the mistakes his was making. McCloskey couldn't get settled and Cunningham was ruthless as he cruised through 2-0.
Ralph Crommie (Bears) was bang on form as he tore Cormac Duffy (Maddens Bar) apart. The step up in class from Division 2 to a Division 1 opponents was too much for Duffy and Crommie never missed a ball to sail into the last 32 2-0.
Tucker Hughes (Hustlers) beat Gavin Malone (Whitecross) in a tight contest. Hughes kept it tight and used all his vast experience to earn a place in the last 32. Malone had his chances but Tucker was too good in the end.
Laurence McAlinden (TJ's A) looked nervous as he beat Mike Nugent (Nan's Rams) 2-0. Nugent had chances in both frames but McAlinden took his time to book his place in the next round.
Micky Cunningham v Ralph Crommie
Tucker Hughes v Laurence McAlinden
TJ's Table 4
Shane Durnin (Armagh/Down) produced the shock of the night edging out Manny Byrne (TJ's A) 2-1 in a classic opener.
Jason Lennon (TJ's D) is another dark horse for the individuals crown as he hammered Gerard Harte (Armagh/Down) 2-0. Lennon is 1 of the best potters in Division 1 and Harte had no answer to the skills of Lennon.
Daniel McGuigan (McGuigan's A) edged past Paul Kelland (CWC) 2-1. Kelland the CWC captain didn't take his chances and McGuigan is playing with a lot of confidence this season and he was able to capitalise on the Kelland mistakes.
Jimmy O'Hare (Nan's Rams) got his name into the last 32 after Alan Burke (Whitecross) reportedly could make the match. O'Hare will be happy enough to take the win any way he can get it.
Shane Durnin v Jason Lennon
Daniel McGuigan v Jimmy O'Hare
That's a quick skim over the results and as you can see the next round of the individual's has thrown up some mouth watering ties. Look out for the preview of the last 32 coming soon.
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dont forget about Tuesday 12th April for pairs last 32 .