ST Pat’s B cueist Sean Doyle has set the early pace for this year’s high break prize following an excellent century break against club mate Colin Reid in the opening round of fixtures in this year’s Hayes Fuels League.
St Pat’s B got off to a bad start against their ‘A’ team opponents when Brian Milne secured both frames from Kieran Cassidy although it would be fair to say that both players were playing below their normal high standard. Enda McCusker took the opening frame from Paul Currie but when Currie took the next, the ‘A’ team opened up a two frame advantage once again.
St Pat’s B and Doyle in particular were not ready to let their club mates claim victory and he set about salvaging a draw thanks to the superb break of 104 in the opening frame against Reid. It could have been quite a few more only for running slightly out of position on the last red. Reid tried to rally in the last frame of the night but it was to no avail as Doyle carried on his good form to secure a 3-3 draw.
When St Kevin’s faced Pot Black it was always likely that there would be some controversy and the match didn’t let us down. Paul McGuckin took the opening two frames from Jordan Shivers but will consider himself fortunate to do so.
Mickey Quinn then shared frames with Kevin Murray and when Peter Reilly took the opening frame from Dessie Murray it appeared the match would finish without any incident. But true to form in the last game controversy struck. Reilly was in need of two snookers at this stage but referee Quinn then highlighted a discrepancy in the scoreboard and when he counted back he confirmed that Reilly could in fact win. Murray seemed rattled by this and even more so when Reilly took the remaining balls to secure a 2-0 victory. Home captain Kevin Murray was stunned at the end “I can’t say I am surprised to be honest, I will be writing a strongly worded letter to the competition committee”.
Johnny’s raced to the top of the league table thanks to a whitewash over St Pat’s C. Frankie Trolan accounted for Brian Milne Snr in the opening match and when Gerry McAuley defeated Brendan Gilmore it was always likely that the Draperstown outfit would claim all six points.
Seamus Wright tried in vain to rescue something for his side but it wasn’t to be as he lost both frames to the ever improving Dermot Mc Auley. Team captain is adamant that Johnny’s will now win the league title and few would argue following this impressive start.
Swa Men also made an impressive start to the season with a 5-1 victory over Longfield. Led by captain Mark Doherty and ably assisted by Martin Mc Larnon and Seamus Lagan they are looking like they will be a danger to all teams this season.
McLarnon in particular is improving each week and thanks to a 30plus break he took both frames from Seamus Kane. Mark Doherty secured both frames from Philip O’Hagan but it was the ever reliable Noel McAllister that prevented the whitewash as he took a frame from Seamus Lagan.