Rovers win derby to clinch Cup final spot

The only match played last week in the Bavaria sponsored Dundalk Pool League was the Pool Cup semi-final between the two Avenue Inn teams, United and Rovers.

The only match played last week in the Bavaria sponsored Dundalk Pool League was the Pool Cup semi-final between the two Avenue Inn teams, United and Rovers.

The first match was between the Embassy Open Snooker champion John Dugdale and Shane Garvey. A totally out of form Shane was comprehensively beaten 2-0 by John and the Rovers team were 1-0 ahead.

The second match was between snooker team-mates Aidan Kinsella and Stephen Gorham. Aidan took full advantage of his opponent’s errors to win 2-0 and level the match.

The third match saw John McQuillan play Declan Brady and in a scrappy affair it was John who prevailed to win 2-1 and put United 2-1 ahead in the match.

At this stage an upset looked to be on the cards as United had a poor season by their standards.

Match four was between the two captains Simon Connolly and Pat Brady and it was Pat who took his chances to win the match 2-0 and level the overall score at 2-2.

It was now down to a decider between friends Sean ‘Maxi’ Kavanagh and John Browne.

In the first game, when John made a simple mistake, Sean pounced but just when it looked easier to finish he fluffed a positional shot to let John win the first frame.

The second frame was again littered with errors but it was Sean who eventually took his chance to level the match at 1-1.

It was now down to the deciding frame and again both players made basic mistakes, but it was Sean who made the biggest when he choked on a simple pot to the corner with the game at his mercy.

Somehow Browne conjured up a five ball clearance to win his match 2-1 and give Rovers a 3-2 victory and a place in the cup final.

Pool continues next Monday night, May 6 with the doubles final in the Avenue Inn between Des Reenan and Brendan Traynor taking on Stephen Gorham and Pat Brady. The action gets underway at 9pm with the final played over the best of 11 frames.