The Saints didn't quite slay the Rams but they did what no other team had done so far - take a point off them!
Saint Monnina's side of the pool card looks like a game of snakes and ladders so forgive us if the winners/losers aren't 100% correct in our blog.
Nan's couldn't have wished for a better start when the raced into a 3-0 lead. The brilliant Mark Pentony, sharp shooting Andrew Chan and finally a Rony O'Reilly that finally broke his league hoodoo. It is not unreasonable to suggest Declan Brady lost 1st then Andrew Mackin and the hat-trick of loses went to Barry Smith.
Mickey Teggart is no world beater but it was he that not only ended the Saints rot he also ended Pat McClenaghan's 100% winning league run to make it 3-1.
I'm guessing Conor McQuid beat Leigh McAlinden even though McQuid has a zero beside his name. That made it 3-2 Nan's.
Malachy Maguire is the only Nan's player left with 100% record. His phenomenal start to the season continued where I presume he beat Paddy McCann. That made it 4-2 and only a ghostly devine intervention could prevent the table topping hosts Nan's claiming maximum points.
4 top quality players remained on the sheet though. Jimmy O'Hare lost out to very experienced but also talented Tom McGuinness and it was now 4-3.
Mark Maguire was on a 4 game winning streak and was slight favourite over a tricky and tactical Paddy Hughes. Hughes loves a good grinding match and he sucked the life out of Maguire to salvage an unlikely draw for Saint Monnina.
What's going on with Foresters B? We new it was going to be a struggle for them. We said in our pre-season blog it was going to be a tough one. Surely they weren't deluded enough to think they would be even a mid-table side?
Never in all my days as a professional have I heard of a team losing 4 of their 1st 5 league games 8-0. Even teams that don't show up usually get a frame or 2 lol.
It's time to regroup and salvage some pride. If they can only gather up 4 players turn up and have a go. Play the frames and try and win 1 or 2.
Foresters A, Sheepbridge, Johnny Murphy's and lately Windmill Bar all picked up 8-0 wins. Ironically the only frames Forester's B have won were against league leaders Nan's Rams in a promising 5-3 defeat. N. Galloghle must be a ghost. Although this is probably mispelt on the team sheet he won their 1st frame against Nan's Rams then disappeared into obscurity, never to play again. Gareth Treanor is a more familiar name and he beat Mark Pentony. The only other frame they have won was by captain Denver Jenkins. These wins are all a distant memory though.
The reality now is another 8-0 defeat on Thursday night has left them with possibly the worst record the Newry Pool League has ever seen after 5 games.
Gareth Treanor, Denver Jenkins, then Sean Pentony got brushed to leave Foresters B 3-0 down against the Windmill.
Coly Rowntree and Gary Sims lost to make sure the points would go to the Windmill for 5-0.
Robbie Conway, James Cunanne and Sean Markey lost for good measure in a ghastly performance.
This spooktacular defeat will be the norm if Forester's don't buck up their ideas. James Cunanne is a good player. Coly Rowntree, Gareth Treanor and Denver Jenkins are all well fit to compete at this level. If Forester's B are to avoiding imploding this side of Christmas these are the lads that need to stand up a be counted.
CWC B and Cavern Bar served up a top of Division 2 treat on Thursday night. Cavern hosted and the winners of this game would sit proudly at the top of the tree.
Joe Campbell gave Cavern the early lead when he beat Emmett McParland. Things slipped down hill quickly after that!
John Little, the brilliant Tommy Rooney and Raymond Sands produced the fireworks display that put CWC B in a commanding position. DC Campbell, Martin Reavey and Joe Byrne producing the damp squib.
Kieran Cunningham had CWC in cruise control when he beat Christopher Quinn for 4-1.
Cavern captain Mathew Cregan hit back to make it 4-2. He beat fellow captain Barry Kelland and the cracks were showing for CWC B.
Damon Murphy took the game to a decider when he beat Paul Kelland and now it was down to Chris Cunningham and James Young.
Chris Cunningham has added a new ruthless edge to his game that he never had in season's past. Now he is playing with confidence and when he gets on the black you know he's going to sink it. For the 2nd time in 3 weeks he won the pressure game and rocketed CWC B to the top of Division 2 and secure a 5-3 win.
McSwiggan's blasted their way up into joint 2nd place thanks to a late show on their home patch. Armagh/Down played their part in a great match but it was McSwiggan's that had that sparkle this cracker.
Brendan McCabe beat Callum Murphy but 2 frames in a row gave McSwiggan's a 2-1 lead. Stephen Wylie and Johnny Irwin beat Gerard and Decky Magee.
Steady John Magee drew the game level at 2-2 When he dusted off Ryan Lennon.
Willie Andrews is top quality and when he lost for Armagh/Down the visitors probably knew it wasn't going to be their night. Gary Clarke beat Andrews for 3-2.
Still Armagh/Down kept coming back and John Rogers levelled the match at 3-3 When he beat Gary Cregan.
Joe Finnegan gave McSwiggan's hope that they might keep pace with the leaders when he ko'd Shane McVerry for 4-3.
Henry McLoughlin was the McSwiggan's hero thanks to a fantastic win over a very good James Clarke. 2 very valuable points in the bag and only 2 points off leaders CWC B.
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