STARPLAN DUNGANNON POOL LEAGUE
Two weeks into the new season and the competitive edge is beginning to show through from the eleven winners in week only five remain standing with a 100% record with some of last weeks losers turning their fortunes around in some style.
Champions McAleers are the only unbeaten team in section one and they already hold the edge there. Two records still stand in sections two and three after two rounds Donaghys B and Central on course in section two although Clonoe can claim some of that albeit they have played just one game. Donaghys C fly the flag in section three along with O Neills A both on seven points after two wins.
McAleers 4 Davisons A 1.
First one of the big tussles that will inevitably litter the new three match format in section one this season and honours well and truly claimed in this one by the champions McAleers. Just where the result sits in terms of the final shake up remains to be seen but there is little doubt that the holders are in the mood early doors with two wins on the bounce against two of their biggest rivals.
Two nil to the good before the visitors got a foothold in the match McAleers top man individual champion S.P. McAleer feels they not firing on all cylinders just yet so on this result heaven help the pretenders when they do. Justy McAleer with a second frame 8 ball and Kieran Sommerville gave the hosts the perfect start. Dee McClements stemmed the tide against Davisons in game three but for the Castlecaufield men that was as good as the evening got. Bob Herron ran out from six balls in successive frames to restore the two game advantage and Connor McAleer rattled in a first frame 8 ball to eclipse Nev Montgomery 2-1 and that was pretty much that.
Tiffys 2 Donaghys A 3.
The novelty or new factor with Tiffys remains as the formers winners continue to find their way into their stride after a few years absence from The Starplan League. A big tussle so early in the season given that Donaghys had suffered a first night defeat at the hands of McAleers and the need to play catch up very much in their mind. This will certainly rank amongst the major boost variety of results as the Dungannon men fired themselves right back into the mix.
Some quality displays at Tiffys as the Ballygawley men welcomed local pool back home not least from the visitors who had good winners in Barry Devlin, Padraig Flanagan, and Rory Devlin who both posted an eight ball apiece.
The home side had their men in potting mood too Eamon Kavanagh eight balled the first against Ben Downey and Tiffy Quinn slotted in one as well in his 2-0 win over Cahal McErlean with Martin McCrystal getting in on the eight ball act despite going down to Rory Devlin 2-1.
The Gables 4 Falls Bar 1.
Coming off the back of a couple of first night defeats there was going to be some respite for either The Gables or Falls who clashed at Carland on match night two.
The hosts came out the other side of the tussle feeling much the better for the experience and with four points banked for good measure. Niall Mallon set the tone early with a first frame 8 ball against Seamie Quinn who battled hard to the third frame before going under there after however it was pretty much a night to forget for the visitors. Kevin Kelly and Johnny McCurry added to the visitors woes tempered briefly by the siege being lifted by Seamy Hagan in game four as Johnny McCann anchored The Gables to perfection with a fourth point.
Fixtures 31st October.
The Gables v Donaghys A. McAleers v Tiffys. Davisons A v Falls Bar.
Cobbles A 1 Donaghys B 4.
Top of the table after two weeks of action and looking very strong with it Donaghys B are currently basking in their best league start for some time. This is one the Cobbles will long wonder how it got away from them after nine very hard fought frames in the opening three jousts saw the hosts 3-0 behind and all from a position of dominance. That probably illustrates the grit of the Donaghys performance more than anything in all three ties Connor McKillion, Marty Bullock and Brendy McLarnon were forced onto the ropes and responded as they recovered from a frame down in all three matches to win out. It was tough luck on Mel Farmer, Alan Boyd and Simon Irwin who were on the receiving end before Micah Lambe finally broke the Cobbles duck.
Dermot McCaffrey added on another Donaghys point for good measure the William Street men in control of section two with two laps completed.
Tavern 2 Central 3.
Central grabbed a very useful and important win at The Tavern where the hosts tasted defeat after a strong start at home last week. The Coalisland men just about had the edge throughout the contest after a great start in which their top cueists Jim Quinn and Tyrone Whitehouse fired them in front. It was a case of chasing the points for the home side and Dermot Coyle held his ground to get the Tavern off the mark. A short stay for the hosts however Dessie Creighton had Central back in the driving seat and over the line in match four. James Coyle rescued a second point for the Tavern in the final game of the night as Joe O Neill was left to curse his luck. The Central skipper lost the opening frame after potting the white along with frame ball , duly won the second and was then out potted by Coyle in the third which keeps the Tavern in touch despite the defeat.
Clonoe A 5 Four Corners A 0.
Coming off the back of a first night whitewash The Four Corners were seeking a little solace in their trip to Clonoe but found anything but sympathy from a high powered Clonoe outfit. Boosted by the recent acquisition of former Mill Court man Ronan Fay the signals were far from encouraging for the visitors as he marked his debut with a win in the first game of the night. Marc McAvoy would raise the only flag for the Corners in game two but still lost out to the experienced Patrick Doris another Mill Court recruit for the hosts and from there evening just got progressively worse for the Brackaville men. Kevin McCabe, Finbar Hughes and Pa Doose tacked on the other points as Clonoe completed their first night with a whitewash The Four Corners on the receiving end of their second Things can only get better!!!
Auction Rooms 4 O Neills B 1.
A complete change in fortunes for both teams at The Moy where the hosts and the visitors tasted the complete opposite side of their emotions from their results in week one.
The Auction Rooms losers at The Tavern seven days previously put an abrupt end to the O Neills joy after an opening night whitewash sending the Coalisland men packing on the back of a 4-1 defeat. A closer inspection will reveal that all but one of the games went down to the wire a 2-0 success enjoyed by Donal Daly and as the hosts went two in front. From the remaining quartet of three frame battles O Neills B won only one through Austin O Neill in the middle match and The Auction Rooms came out on top in the other three through Sean Donnelly, Crico McNally and Liam Donnelly to get the home side back on track.
Fixtures 31st October.
Donaghys B v Central. Clonoe A v Cobbles A. O Neills B v Tavern. Four Corners A v Davisons B. Auction Rooms A v Auction Rooms B.
NOTE ; Teams in section two please note that The Auction Rooms have entered a second team in the section and will subsequently take up the bye team fixtures will be amended to suit and the catch up games will be sorted out at a time suitable to the teams involved.
After getting their campaigns away to a winning start in week one Donaghys C and The Cobbles B played out an entertaining tie at William Street where the hosts eventually claimed the extra point. It proved an eventful evening as Donaghys got away to a flier the efforts of Colly Thomas and Audi Waugh combined to put them in control and 2-0 in front. The pendulum would swing in the other direction with some force as The Cobbles got their game together Timmy Cardwell and Neil Farquhar responded to the challenge and soon had the visitors back on level terms.
Down to the last game and it too tested the nerve ends as the balance of power swung back and forth with each passing shot. Three frames were required before Brian Waugh saw off the considerable challenge of Conrad Kirk to give Donaghys the edge.
O Neills A 4 Gervins 1.
Another win and perhaps more importantly a polished display from O Neills A who are settling into a nice little rhythm in section three after suffering for a couple of long seasons in the higher grades. Some quality games in the derby encounter with neighbours Gervins none more so than the tussle between Seanie McGurgan and Paul Donnelly where there was three eight ball clear ups on the trot. Unfortunately for Seanie his second in successive frames was to no avail when he went in off the black after a super clearance. That lifted Donnelly and when he eight balled the decider from the break Seanie was already into the first few bars of The Wonder of You!
James Cooke had put the home side 1-0 up and when Gary Hamill went in off twice to gift Brendan Donnelly the point things just got worse for the visitors. Colly McGahan compounded their woes he cleared up from six and five balls out to make it 3-1 and Sean Corr tacked on an important fourth which ties the lead at the top of the table with Donaghys.
Hallidays 4 Derrytresk 1.
Back in the winning grove after last weeks setback at The Cobbles Hallidays eased to victory over the visitors Derrytresk at Perry Street. A strong finish to the evening did the trick for the hosts who found the visitors up to the task early doors.
Sean Doris had Derrytresk on level terms after two equalising the point posted by Johnny Beggs in game one. But from there Hallidays imposed their game on the new boys the crucial match coming in the fourth where Dave Arnold edged out Joe McKee in a tense three frame contest which added to the efforts of Chris Carey and Ian Burns and totalled to a four point return for the Dungannon men.
Four Corners B 4 Clonoe B 1.
A much happier feeling for the Four Corners after last weeks whipping at Donaghys as they kick started their campaign with a win on home tables. Joe Rafferty the only winner in Dungannon was a winner again for the hosts taking a notable scalp in Benny Clancy who came up dry for a second successive week. Rafferty was ably supported by Mickey Burns who added his considerable experience to the Corners squad. Shane McDonald and Ryan Bell completed the home winners Clonoe suffering their second defeat in a row replying through Fudgie in game four.
Fixtures 31st October.
Cobbles B v Clonoe B. Hallidays v Donaghys C. Derrytresk v O Neills A. Gervins v Four Corners B.