LAST week’s focus in the Dundalk Pool League sponsored by Bavaria centred on the League and Shield semi-finals.
Castle Bar Traders travelled to Blackrock with high hopes to play the current league champions Harrison’s Green. Unfortunately for the Traders they didn’t take their chances and the champions punished their mistakes.
The first match saw Brendan Traynor (Harrison’s) play Greg Gormley (Traders) and Brendan was quick off the mark to beat Greg 2-0 and put Harrison’s 1-0 ahead.
The second match saw the Harrison’s captain Des Reenan play Stephen McBride, with both players playing well. The match as level at 1-1 when Stephen had a chance to win the decider and unfortunately for him he missed a simple finish and Des was quick to pounce and win his match 2-1 to put the champions 2-0 ahead.
The third match was Wayne Rogers (Harrison’s) v Tiernan Mallon and although Tiernan had chances to win both frames Wayne won the match 2-0 to put the champs into the final.
Unfortunately due to work commitments the other semi final between Avenue Inn Rovers and Harrison’s Blue was cancelled and will now be played on April 8.
In the Shield semi-final there was an exciting match between Windmill Black and Sean’s Tavern.
First up for the Windmill was Denise McArdle against Ken Mulholland and although Denise had chances Ken won the match 2-0 to put Sean’s 1-0 ahead but the Windmill quickly got back on level terms when Sunny Grimes defeated Thomas McCoy 2-0.
The next two games were shared with Anthony Donegan winning for the Windmill and Niall Clifford winning for Sean’s to leave the match nicely balanced at 2-2.
The decider saw Peter McCluskey (Windmill) play Don O’Brien and at 1-1 the excitement was building. The pressure was now on and both players had chances in the decider only for Peter to win a black ball fight much to the delight of his team-mates.
The other semi-final saw Castle Bar Sling play Bar One. David Crowe put Bar One in front when he defeated Feargal Donnelly 2-1 in an exciting match and their lead was doubled when Matthew Hoey defeated Ciaran Sheridan by the same score line.
In the next match it was the Bar One captain Bryan Crowe who put his team into the final when he defeated Ciaran McKenna 2-0. This now gives Bar One the chance to retain the shield that they won last year.
The next action is the cup quarter finals on March 25. Fixtures as follows - Sean’s Tavern v Avenue Inn United; Avenue Inn Rovers v Castle Bar Sling; Windmill Red v Harrison’s Green; Harrison’s Blue v Windmill Black.