The scrap for 2nd place in the Premier Division took an almighty twist last Thursday when favourites Whitecross suffered a shocking collapse against basement side Dan's C. This South Armagh derby match was going according to script as Whitecross looked to be cruising towards the win that would have kept them 2pts clear of Sheepbridge with only 2 games to go.
Shane Phelan is a quality player but the Whitecross cueiest isn't having the best of seasons, although he would still have been hot favourite to give his side the lead against Seamus Graham. Graham showed glimpses of what lay ahead when he took the opener after a tight frame.
Paddy O'Callaghan is another inconsistent performer this season but the gamble playing him 2nd paid off when he levelled the scores with a good win over the useful Jimmy McVerry.
2 former individual winners Cathal Phelan of Whitecross v James O'Hagan of Dan's C. O'Hagan won it only last year but hasn't hit those heights this year. This was a tight match with Phelan nicking it to give Whitecross a 2-1 lead. Michael Feenan is coming into a bit of late season form and he made it 3-1 beating Barry Boyle.
Things started to unravel for one-time league leaders Whitecross after that.
Joseph McTaggart and Brian O'Neill both lost to leave the match squared at 3-3. Seamus Tumilty and Chris Smith doing the damage.
Gavin Malone was on a good run and was expected to beat Shane McMahon but McMahon played well to win Dan's 3rd frame on the spin. Even a draw would have kept Whitecross out in front in 2nd place but it wasn't to be when the usually reliable Mickey O'Hanlon got beaten by Seamus McVerry.
The result for Dan's C takes them off the bottom but they need a full on miracle to stay up. Killeavy's win over Windmill gives them a 4pt lead with 2 games each to go. A play-off is as good as Dan's get get at this stage.
Windmills defeat has earned them a place in Division 1 next year as they slip through the Premier trap door.
It was down to Sheepbridge to see if they could get 2pts and go joint with Whitecross in this fascinating runner-up spot battle. They were taking on the Hustlers side that ended TJ's A 2 year unbeaten run.
It looked possible that Hustlers could produce another huge upset when Tucker Hughes beat Paddy Tavey in a tactical 1st frame. 1-0 Hustlers.
Harvey Lavelle, Dermot Lonergan and Barry Duffy hit back to put Sheepbridge in a commanding position. Ciaran O'Neill, Kevin Magee and Shane McAllister on the losing side.
No surprises when Sheepbridge star man Pat Brady put The Bowling ally side on the hill when he stuffed Dee Kearney. Almost 100 years experience were at the table next as Bernie Magee took on the Hustlers Cathal McCoy After a titanic battle Magee sealed an easy win over McCoy to put Sheepbridge at 5-1.
Gwyn Trainor lost to Billy O'Neill to make it 5-2. The pain for the visitors wasn't over as Seamus McGeoghegan toppled Barry Murphy in the final frame for a 6-2 result.
That leaves both Whitecross and Sheepbridge level on points and ironically they both have the same teams to play.
Whitecross will host Windmill then travel to Carrickcruppen.
Sheepbridge host Carrickcruppen then travel up to the Windmill bar!