With the Premier Division now secured the aim must be to be 1st team ever in the top tier of the Newry pool league to complete the league campaign unbeaten. A few teams have won the league losing just twice but not even the great Corrinshego team went unbeaten. Can TJs A be the first invincibles? Time will tell.
On Thursday night the destruction of Carrickcruppen began when Overall individuals holder Kieran McMahon rode his luck against Marty McCone with the latter missing a shot on the black and Kieran taking full advantage to give the home side TJs the lead.
Snooker sensation Declan Brennan inflicted a 1st defeat of the season on Paddy Clarke after some more brilliant pool by the TJs no.2.
Former team mates Jack Courtney took on Paddy Tavey in the crucial 3rd game of the night. Jack has been in fantastic form this season and he made no mistake after a cagey start making it 3-0.
Clash of the match was undoubtedly Manny Byrne against Harvey Lavelle. Manny hasn't hit his usual high standards this season but he was clinical with a brilliant 8 ball clearance to make it 4-0 with barely 40mins spent on the 1st 4 frames.
Stevie Noade missed a black that would've sealed the 2pts after just 5 frames but the industrious Seamie McGeoghan fought back for 'Cruppen' to make it 4-1.
It was no no surprise when the in-form Laurence McAlinden dispatched the out of luck Martin Lavelle with the minimum of fuss to claim the win and a 5-1 lead.
There was no let up for Carrickcruppen as Tristan Byrne piled on the agony with some superb pool to make it 6-1 against Ian McDonald and captain fantastic Declan McConville despatched of Marty O'Callaghan who was flew home especially from Thailand just for this game.
The win for TJ's gives them an incredible 9pt lead over Carrickcruppen & 8pt lead over McGuigans.
Carrickcruppen will now fight it out with McGuigans for 2nd spot. McGuigans had a superb 5-3 win over fellow 2nd place rivals Sheepbridge. Donal McSherry & Collie Loughran gave Sheepbridge a surprise 2-0 head start but Bryan Campbell, John Magee & Mike McArdle hit back to give home side McGuigans a 3-2 lead.
Barry Duffy levelled the scores for the 'Bridge' but the experienced Kevin Magee used all his knowledge to put McGuigans back in front before the Magical Dusty O'Hagan wrapped up 2 crucial points over their rivals.
Elsewhere Killeavy eased their relegation fears with a crushing 7-1 win in Moore's Bar. Bosco beat Bears 5-3 to leave the Bears still scrapping to avoid the drop. Magees drew 4-4 with TJs B with neither out of the relegation woods yet. A good draw for the ever improving St. Catherine's in the Orchard Bar gives the a little hope of keeping their Premier Division status.