Snooker: Quinn wins Cookstown Plate event

Participants in the Cookstown Snooker League Plate Final in the Pot Black club last week - from left: runner-up, John Halferty, referee Thomas McCrea and winner Fergal Quinn
Participants in the Cookstown Snooker League Plate Final in the Pot Black club last week - from left: runner-up, John Halferty, referee Thomas McCrea and winner Fergal Quinn
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Schoolboy Fergal Quinn has become the second winner of the Cookstown ‘Low Low’ Snooker League, the subsidiary competition having been introduced last season when it was won by Paul Currie.

The first semi-final brought together John Halferty and Conor Gillespie and Halferty got off to a flying start by taking the first frame and then took his place in the final by taking a tight second frame.

A special mention must be given to Joe Loughran who kindly stepped forward to referee this match, a sporting gesture which was very much appreciated.

The second semi-final was nearly a non-starter, as Brian Milne was feeling unwell but - being a true snooker competitor - he still arrived to play this fixture against Fergal Quinn.

Quinn may have found the going tough in the league as he only won four frames out of 28 but this didn’t stop him taking the first by over 40 points.

Milne hit back with a modest 28 in the second to take the match into a decider. Both players had chances to take the match, but it was the young gun Quinn who took it with a 25 break to move swiftly into the plate decider.

After all the formal introductions, both players quickly settled down in the final which was the best of five frames.

Quinn took the opener and then Halferty hit back with a 42 to level. The next two frames were also shared, meaning the plate was to be decided by the last head-to-head.

Quinn opened the stronger, with a solid 30 break, and he finished off the match with a 29 break to take the Cookstown title, a brilliant victory for the Republic of Ireland U14 champion.

Spectators were definitely treated to an outstanding night of snooker as they witnessed this young player of the future deservedly emerging victorious.

A special and well deserved mention must be paid to Pot Black Snooker Club and experienced referees Thomas McCrea and Joe Loughran, who were both kept very busy in the semi-finals and final.

The Cookstown Open Individual will start after the final of the league cup and anyone interested must contact the league co-ordinator by phone or text – 07759 767271 – now to be included in the draw.