With only four more rounds of fixtures remaining in this seasons Topaz Fuels Mid Ulster League the destiny of the League Title is still very much up in the air. The six teams involved in the title challenge all appear to be suffering under the pressure of obtaining results that would give them some breathing space.
Longfield travelled to St Pat’s C and would clearly have been expecting a victory; the only question would have been the margin of victory.
Stories circulating from the Longfield camp that St Pats C had been underperforming in recent weeks were well and truly quashed as the team occupying bottom spot raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to Brian Milne Snrs victory over Martin O’Hagan and Damien Craig sharing frames with the in-form Noel Mc Allister.
Seamus Kane has been the Desertmartin team’s most consistent performer this season and it was Kane that levelled matters with a convincing victory over the bullet.
League leaders and inform St Pat’s A travelled to Crocknamohoill knowing that a victory was crucial in their quest to defend the league title they won last season.
Crocknamohill were in a similar situation in that they needed victory in order to stay in contention for the league title. Liam Kelly gave the home side an ideal start as he took both frames from Colin Reid. Jason Cushenan took on Frankie Trolan in the next frame and was happy to share the frames as both players were below their recent good form.
The last game was between the two scratch players in the respective teams, Gerry McAuley and Brian Milne. M Auley opened well and dominated the frame to leave the score 4-1 in favour of Crocknamohill.
The second frame was decided on Mc Auleys poor break off shot with the cue ball going into the pocket. Milne was presented with a long red and went on to compile a break of 83 to leave the score 4-2 in favour of Crocknamohill.
Milne’s break was just two points short of the high break currently set by Pot Black player, Paul McGuckin.
St Pats B travelled to Pot Black B and were held to a 3-3 draw with the Cookstown side. Feargal Quinn took on Sean Doyle in the opening match and Doyle will have been disappointed to lose a frame, despite his young opponent in receipt of a significant points start. Kieran Cassidy shared the next two frames and Enda McCusker shared the last two frames with Conor Gillespie to leave the score 3-3.
Swa Men were due to take on Pot Black A but unfortunately this game had to be postponed. With only a few weeks remaining it is essential that all remaining games are played on the scheduled nights to ensure that each team is playing under similar circumstances.
League Table Pld Pts
St Patricks A 13 45
St Patricks B 12 43
Longfield 12 43
Swatragh Men 12 42
Crocknamohill 12 41
Pot Black A 11 39
St Kevins 12 28
Pot Black B 13 27
St Patricks C 13 22