Milne and Quinn in a head-to-head climax

Brian Milne of Castledawson faces Mickey Quinn, Cookstown in the So-Low Fuels Cookstown League Open Individual Final.

Two times winner Brian Milne took on the Peter Reilly in the first semi-final over five frames in Pot Black Club and came away with 3-2 victory.

Reilly had started strongly playing his usual style of snooker to claim the first frame before Milne hit back to the second. The third frame went to Reilly but then ‘lady Luck’ deserted him as the balls started to run Milne’s way and he ran away with the fourth. In the deciding frame, the balls were open and waiting for the first player to pounce to take the match when Milne took on a long red, but got nowhere near the intended pocket. Alas, it didn’t stop the ball falling into another pocket to leave him in for a 50 break to take the match.

The second semi-final brought together seven-times winner Mickey Quinn and twice-champion Paul McGuckin, who practice together and would know each other’s strong points.

The first frame went to Quinn with help of McGuckin missing a few easy colours when he was in first after some good safety play. In the next McGuckin was just not playing up to his usual standard as he was missing comparatively easy colours, leaving his opponent on. Quinn took advantage with a nice break of 39. McGuckin was under pressure and he could only watch as Quinn showed his true potential with a breathtaking 54 break to take the third.

The end looked in sight and McGuckin tried, but Quinn ran away with the fourth including a 33 break which enough to claim the frame and match.

Quinn, steady and very consistent, will need to call on all his experience in the final which is the best of nine in Pot Black Snooker Club Cookstown.