Cavern Bar lead the way in Division 2 of the Newry and District Pool League. We might only be 2 league games into the season and no doubt sterner tests lie ahead but the Church Street bar looks well equipped for a title challenge.
Trainor's B of Canal Street are a new team into the league and are a very welcome addition but the truth is - points are going to be hard come by. They are going to need to dig in and make teams earn every frame the hard way.
DC Campbell got the opener beating Natalie Treanor to put home side Cavern in the lead.
Darren Rowntree levelled the match when he beat Damon Murphy - 1-1.
Mathew Cregan, Stephen Byrne and Joe Byrne hit form to make it 4-1 and cruising. Martin Carroll, Tony McGivern and Andy Fu the unlucky Trainor's losers.
Martin 'Rav' Reavey is back in a team capable of winning things. It's good to see him back in the hunt for trophies. He didn't get it all his own way against Bernadette Treanor but it was enough to seal to points for Cavern at 5-1
Darren Laird and Darren Brown took the last 2 just to pile on the misery for Trainor's B. Peter Johnson and Darren Morgan joining the long list of Trainor's casualties.
7-1 is a heavy defeat Trainor's B captain Darren Rowntree has his work cut out this season. Mathew Cregan on the other hand might need to work on his trophy winning speech!
McSwiggan's Bar have started the season surprisingly well. Another 6-2 win this time of a decent Glen Social Club has them joint top with 2 wins from 2 games.
McSwiggan's started in blistering fashion taking the first 3 frames. Johnny Irwin, Henry McLaughlin and captain Gary Cregan showed the early practice games worked for them. James Cookson, Caolan Lonergan and Jay Kelly caught on the hop for Glen.
Paddy Morgan beat Joe Finnegan to pull a frame back for Glen but McSwiggan's weren't perturbed.
Drew Connolly beat Kevin Sands for 4-1 and the home fans in the City Centre didnt have long to wait before the 2pts were in the bag. Callum Murphy beat Mark Keenan and then Ryan Lennon made it 6-1 when he ousted Liam Turley.
Glen captain Gerard Bagnall needs to take a long hard look at himself playing last on the team sheet. That was a terrible decision. The young Glen star put a slightly more respectable look to the scoreline when he beat Joe McAteer to make it 6-2 McSwiggan's.
Foresters C got their first points on the board after a shaky start against stablemates Nifty Fifty's.
Brendan Flannagan took the opener against Ciaron Collins for 1-0 Nifty Fifty's.
Things got doubley worse for Foresters C when David O'Brien got dumped by Mark Flemming for 2-0.
Martin O'Brien got Foresters on the score sheet before Stevie Quinn levelled at the half-way mark.
Pat Hughes gave Foresters C a 3-2 lead and Barney O'Connor potted superbly to put his side on the verge of their first 2 points of the season.
That privilege went to Caolan O'Connor when he hammered Noel Larkin to make it a convincing 5-2 scoreline.
Margaret Ireland couldn't prevent a 6-2 route as Pete Smyth hammered in the final nail.
This was a good win for Foresters C and now they can push on with confidence. Nifty Fifty need to hit the practise table if the are to Nifty Shifty up the table.
Madden's Bar are a familiar sight at the foot of the table but this side has the players to compete this season even if they haven't shown it yet.
Brendan 'Totts' Curran and Declan Cunningham are well capable holding their own with anyone in this division. They need to be an inspiration to their team mates but so far they've been poor.
To be fair Armagh/Down are strong and won't be far again when the prizes will be handed out next May or June.
Brendan McCabe and Alex Foley got Monaghan Streets Armagh/Down off to a 2-0 head start when they took out the aforementioned Totts Curran and Declan Cunningham.
James Clarke celebrated his birthday with defeat at the hands Daniel Carroll to make it 2-1.
It was 3-1 Gerard Magee beat a useful Wayne Riley.
Madden's hung in there by taking the 5th frame to reduce the scores to 3-2. Declan O'Callaghan beat Shane McVerry to give Madden's real hope.
John Rogers put the home side on the hill at 4-2 when he beat Cearon Bradley.
John Magee used all his experience to sew up the 2 points and a very talented Willie Andrews made it 6-2. Stephen Pentony and Cormac Duffy cast aside by the relentless Armagh/Down.
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