After their two league games ended all square Orchard bar and Whitecross went head to head where eventually there would have to be a winner.
This incredible Divisional cup Semi-Final kicked off with Gavin Malone taking on the impressive Karl McGuinness. Karl has already beaten current overall individual champion Kieran McMahon twice this season & was hot favourite to give Orchard Bar the lead. But Gavin kept it tight & nicked the frame when Karl potted the black mid-way through the frame for 1-0 Whitecross.
After a long tactical frame Tony McGovern levelled up the match with a re-spotted black win over Whitecross hotshot Cathal Phelan. It was a frame of great pool by two brilliant players but it was Tony who sunk the re-spot for 1-1.
Orchard bar took the initiative after that with Brendy Devlin getting the better of Shane Phelan with some super potting & giving the Rathfriland Road men the lead. 2-1.
Lee Irvine has been noted for his superb tactical play and no doubt Whitecross sharp shooter Michael Feenan got a taste of Lee's finest and give Orchard a fantastic 3-1 lead & Whitecross had used 3 of their top marksmen.
Whitecross are certainly not a team for throwing in the towel and Joseph McTaggart had to be on top of his game to prevent Orchard Bar & Ritchie Crawford from running away with this match. After a great frame Joseph pegged it back to 3-2.
Alan Burke, the hero in the 5-4 win over Bosco in the Cunningham cup 1/4 final was back on form again as he played herioc pool to level the scores at 3-3 against the unlucky Paul Henning.
Mervyn Kernaghan was on hand to stop Whitecross from taking the lead when he took out Brian O'Neill who himself has been in good form of late. Mervyn played classy pool & Orchard bar took a 4-3 lead and now all the pressure was on the 'Cross' boys.
Gareth McCann now an experienced campaigner for the Sth Armagh side used all his know how to level up the scores at 4-4. His calmness under the severe pressure saw him pot a fantastic double on the black to the shock of a gutted Niall Davis who could only watch on as this unreal match reached its cliff hanger.
Mickey O'Hanlon was the toast of Whitecross after some brilliant pool when the pressure was like a white hot cauldron in TJ's fantastic pool venue. The place came to a standstill as Mickey played some of the best pool of the night to beat David Cromie and seal Whitecross their place in the Divisional cup final against TJ's A . Whitecross will be like sheepbridge not there to make up the numbers in another thrilling final so heres to you boys lets beat Tjs and upset the form books