Cookstown Snooker League is coming to a close, the semi-finals of plate competition fixed for Pot Black.
First on the green baize was twelve year old wizz-kid Fergal Quinn and Joe Loughran. Quinn had a flying start with several small breaks leaving Loughran requiring snookers on the remaining colours. Loughran had to really dig deep to take the match into the deciding frame. Unfortunately he was leaving Quinn on and he potted his way into the final.
The other semi-final had a good contest in prospect, Paul Currie paired against John Halferty. Safety play was dominant as Halferty gained the upper hand, a modest 30 break enough to take the opening frame. Halferty broke off in the next, a wild shot by Currie splitting reds everywhere, leaving his opponent on. But he later seized a chance and compiled a brilliant 61 break to level.
The final frame was very close, Currie just ahead until Hafferty got in and seemed to be on top. Alas, while on a break of 22, he snookered himself on the yellow with all the colours up for grabs. After some excellent safety, Halferty potted the yellow but once again he snookered himself. He hit the pink, leaving Currie to potted the green and the brown and book himself into the five-frame final.
ABOVE: Fergal Quinn with ex-world champion Ken Doherty at Players Championship Finals in Galway last year