THE Hayes Fuels Mid Ulster Snooker League Cup group stages finished on Monday night with Draperstown outfit Johnny’s reaching the final courtesy of topping group A. Their opponents are not yet known as Pot Black and Swa Men finished level on points in Group B and will need a playoff to determine which team advances to the final.
Johnny’s cruised to the final thanks to victories over St Pat’s A, St Pat’s B and Longfield. Needing two points to guarantee a place in the final the Draperstown outfit wasted no time as they took the opening two frames against the former treble winners.
The McAuley combination of Gerry and Dermot defeated both Colin Reid and Brian Milne and although John Donaghy inflicted a heavy defeat on Frankie Trolan it wasn’t to be for the Magherafelt men. Trolan lost the first frame 96-5 and the second frame 119-3 and this would suggest the Draperstown man wasn’t playing at his best. “I just can’t believe we are in a final, it’s great for the club and the town. Everyone has been wishing us well all week hoping we could do it but alas, we are in the final now you know. Donaghy knows if the match was important that I would have taught him a lesson” claimed Trolan.
St Pat’s B got a confidence boost prior to the commencement of the league next week following a 4-2 victory over Longfield. Sean Doyle took both frames from Noel McAllister and when Enda McCusker shared frames with Philip O’Hagan, the Magherafelt men were looking comfortable. Kieran Cassidy took the first frame from Seamus Kane but lost the second frame on the black after trailing by seventy points.
Group B was extremely close going into the last round of games and both matches were surrounded in controversy. Pot Black travelled to St Pat’s C but got off to the worst possible start when Paul McGuckin lost both frames to Brian Milne Snr.
Mickey Quinn leveled matters when he took both frames from Brendan Gilmore to leave the match level at 2-2. Seamus Wright and Peter Reilly played out the last mast match in a tense atmosphere but it was the Pot Black man that edged both closely contested frames. Wright was curious over some decisions made by referee Mickey Quinn “I would have thought a man with Mickey’s experience would be fully aware of the rules but I think he made a faux pas in the second frame, I think McGuckin’s contribution helped sway Quinn in making his decision. But I will take it on the chin and they will suffer a backlash in the league as a result when I play them again”
St Kevin’s and Swa men were both in a strong position going into the last week with St Kevin’s having to equal the four frames won by Pot Black while Swa Men had to better the Pot Black score by one frame in order to force a play off.
The first four frames took over 90 minutes to complete but the last two frames only took 15mins to complete as St Kevin’s went down 3-1.
Fixtures Monday 21st November: St Pat’s C v St Pat’s A, St Pat’s B v Pot Black, Longfield v St Kevin’s & Johnny’s v Swa Men