Young O'Hagan was fearless and never missed an opportunity to take the game on and was fully deserved of being the 'top dog' of Newry Pool.
Started the last 16 with Pat Byrne 0-2 Jack Courtney. Courtney was just too good for Byrne & 2-0 was a fair result.
Phillip Murphy 2-1 Jason Lennon. Two fantastic players to watch didn't disappoint and Murphy took his chance to progress in a high quality match.
Barry Murphy 2-1 Seamus McGeoghegan. McGeoghegan had his chances to progress but Murphy hung in there to seal his place in the 1/4 final.
Mervyn Kernaghan 1-2 James O'Hagan. O'Hagan looked nervous here as Kernaghan had the young Dan's star on the ropes but O'Hagan weathers the storm to go through.
Cathal Phelan 2-0 Eugene McDermott. Phelan was on form but still needed a re-spotted back to see off McDermott in a good quality match and book his 1/4 final place.
Aaron O'Callaghan 0-2 Kieran Loughran. Loughran played superbly to slow the attacking O'Callaghan down and set a 1/4 game with Phelan.
Kieran Hanna 0-2 Raymie McKenna. McKenna hit the ground running and Hanna had no answer to the impressive McKenna.
Diamiurd Fee 0-2 Kieran McMahon. Fee played well put experience was key for McMahon who set up a mouth watering 1/4 final match with Hanna.
Jack Courtney 2-1 Phillip Murphy.
Courtney got a real test from Murphy in another high quality shoot out. Courtney needed to use all his luck to edge out Murphy an exciting match which Murphy had a chance to win and should have won .
James O'Hagan 2-0 Barry Murphy.
This was a closer game as than score suggests. Murphy was potting well and had his chances but O'Hagan was bang on form and made no mistake when the chances came.
Cathal Phelan 2-0 Kieran Loughran
Phelan played superbly to win the opener. Loughran had a chance to take it a decider but left Phelan with a hard black which he rolled home with ice cool calmness to book his semi-final place.
Raymie McKenna 2-1 Kieran McMahon.
Many claimed the winner of this would go on to win the final. It was a brilliant game with super potting. McMahon took the first and after some excellent potting missed a very pottable black for 2-0 win A surprising miss let McKenna back in and he made no mistake It was down to the wire McMahon needed to clear a pocket McKenna had blocked. When the cannon failed McMahon was in serious trouble. Then the 2014 champion McMahon went 'in Off' trying for a snooker. It was all McKenna needed to seal a stunning 2-1 win.
Jack Courtney 1-2 James O'Hagan
In a pulsating semi-final James O'Hagan took a shock lead with some terrific pool. Jack Courtney levelled the scores after O'Hagan went all out for a big finish but missed a tricky last ball to to leave Courtney to tap in the black for 1-1. Many peoples favourite for the title Courtney was all set for his place in the in the final when after some brilliant potting he some how snookered himself on the black from a hanging last ball. O'Hagan made him pay and eventually made it over the line to book his place in the final.
Cathal Phelan 1-2 Raymie McKenna
Raymie McKenna took on old Corrinshego team mate Cathal Phelan in a tense, close semi-final match. Neither player were giving an inch but McKenna had the better table and Phelan couldn't tie up the game and McKenna took the opener. Phelan had the better and this time it was McKenna to try and slow Phelan down. This one swung one way then the other with both players missing guilt edged chances but eventually Phelan squeezed his final red past a hanging black and levelled up the match. McKenna had the break in the final After a perfect smash McKenna was too good to miss and cleared for a terrific break finish.
James O'Hagan 3-0 Raymie McKenna
James O'Hagan was a massive underdog when the night began but surely the experienced Raymie McKenna would be a game to far for the young protégé.
It was a close opener with both players going for their pots and it looked like McKenna was going to take it until O'Hagan took on a full length double. It was never on but a double kiss cannoned the final ball into the middle pocket. O'Hagan still had a tricky black but he smashed it home with aplomb to take the lead 1-0.
O'Hagan fondly known as 'Dingy' by his mates was more like a speed boat now as he moved up a gear. After a few early exchanges O'Hagan went for the game working his way round McKenna's opposing balls to expertly finish and doubfe the lead for 2-0.
McKenna was shell shocked and just couldn't get a break of the balls. A few attempted snookers went astray and a few rubs of the green were falling the way of O'Hagan. But when the chance came O'Hagan made no mistake some fantastic potting and great positional shots which left him with a straight black to claim the 2015 individuals title. O'Hagan made no mistake and he was mobbed by his fan club.
James O'Hagan produced a master class in pool. His attacking style was a joy to watch and was a breath of fresh air to the local pool scene. Raymie McKenna had a great tournament getting to the final. In the end he just came up against a player who hardly missed a ball all night.
Tune in to Destination Newry to watch the final and some of the other games from the night.
A special word must be said to the referees on the night who did an invaluable job. Cathal McCoy, Kevin Magee, Paul Kelland and Hugh Donnelly did a brilliant job of keeping the games flowing on a very busy night of pool. The refereeing was superb just as the pool was and all four must be congratulated.
Also a word of thanks Micky Cunningham who has done a fantastic job in organising the pool fixtures all season. It's a thankless job to say the least and also a mention to the website he has got up and running. It is a credit to the man who spends countless hours not only bringing pool to the locals but giving the Newry Pool League worldwide accessablity.
And a Special thanks to all you pool players in the newry league for reading my blogs week after week. signing off now until next season Yours truly The Secret Blogger.