Snooker: Burn Road men home in on league and cup double

Mitchells A - Brian Milne, Joe Loughran, Paul McGuckin and Feargal Keenan
Mitchells A - Brian Milne, Joe Loughran, Paul McGuckin and Feargal Keenan
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Pot Black will play surprise packets McKees B in the Knockout Cup final, the Division One team hot favourites to win the silverware after a fine semi-final triumph.

The Burn Road men scored an impressive victory in the all-Division One Cookstown derby on Thursday night.

Mickey Quinn got the home team off to a bright start by making a 33 break in winning the first frame on the last red against Brian Milne.

The Mitchells A cueman replied with a run of 52 as he ran away with the second frame to set up a decider, which came down to a battle on the colours. And it was eventually settled when Milne missed a long pot on the frame ball blue only for it to fortunitously disappear into the green pocket.

Dermot Loughran brought Pot Black level with a straight frames win over namesake Joe. The Dungannon man won the opener on the yellow before clearing up superbly with 51 in the second frame from 4 reds out with the scores level.

Patrick Wallace had his scoring boots on against Feargal Keenan as he gave Pot Black a 2-1 lead.

The former professional player completed an 89 clearance in the opening frame, followed by a superb 129 total clearance in the second.

Peter Reilly clinched a final berth for the home side by beating Paul McGuckin in two close, hard fought frames.

McGuckin missed the final pink altogether in attempting a thin cut and Reilly potted it to lead 1-0, before stealing the second on the black with one of the best colours clearances he’s surely ever produced.

Snooker Knockout Cup

Semi-final

Pot Black 3-1 Mitchells A

M.Quinn 1-2 B.Milne

90(33)-37, 5-87(52), 38-59

D.Loughran 2-0 J.Loughran

80-46, 89(51c)-38

P.Reilly 2-0 P.McGuckin

63-50, 63-49

P.Wallace 2-0 F.Keenan

123(89c), 129(129c)-21

Meantime, Max Keady A and Mitchells INF have joined McKees B and Max C in the last four of Seniors Knockout Cup.

In two starkly contrasting quarter-final ties, the derby clash in south Armagh went down to the wire before Eddie McKenna and Philip Gribben beat John Maguire and Joe Shortt on the last ball in the concluding doubles game, while Cookstown’s McNeill and Starkey coasted to a whitewash away win over McKees A duo, McKee and Kelly.

Seniors Knockout Cup

Quarter-finals

Max Keady A 4-3Max Keady B

Doubles 75-30

E.McKenna 38-53 J.Shortt

P.Gribben 65-64 J.Maguire

Doubles 36-67

E.McKenna 61-43 J.Maguire

P.Gribben 54-55 J.Shortt

Doubles 60-50

McKees A 0-4 Mitchells INF

Doubles 38-68

C.Kelly 46-69 R.Starkey

O.McKee 52-71 G.McNeill

Doubles 35-46

Meantime, Paul McGuckin will play Oliver O’Neill in the final of the Seniors Open individual, McGuckin hitting an 81 break as he won the Mitchells zone, with O’Neill beating Terry Dunlop in the Max section.

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Seniors Open Individuals

Mitchells zone:

Paul McGuckin 2-1 John Maguire

Eddie McKenna 2-0 Owen McKee

Ray Conway 2-0 James Conway

P.McGuckin 2-1 R.Conway

E.McKenna 2-0 Philip Gribben

P.McGuckin 2-1 E.McKenna

Max Keady zone:

Oliver O’Neill 2-1 John Hagan

Seamus Mitchell 2-1 Colm Kelly

Terry Dunlop 2-1 Joe Shortt

O.O’Neill 2-1 S.Mitchell

Terry Dunlop 2-0 Cathal Quinn

Oliver O’Neill 2-1 Terry Dunlop

And it will be dicky-bows and waistcoats at the ready for Aaron Mulgrew of Mitchells and Finbar Hughes of McKees as they will contest the Division Three final of 2016.

Division Three Individuals

Mitchells zone:

Ruairi Barrow 0-2 Aaron Mulgrew

Oisin Shields 0-2 Dan McGuckin

Don Stevenson 2-0 Shane Devlin

A.Mulgrew 2-1 D.McGuckin

A.Mulgrew 2-0 D.Stevenson

McKees zone:

Finbar Hughes, 2-0 Ray McKee

52-35, 59-23

Caolan Argue 2-0 Desi Stinson

53-17, 57-42

F.Hughes 2-0 C.Argue

63-15, 61-19