Home side Castle Bar Traders hosted hosted Avenue Inn Eagles in the first semi-final of the Tuborg Pool Cup last week.
The opening match featured Stephen McBride for the home team and Wayne Rogers and it was Wayne who started best when, with a five ball clearance, he won the opening frame. In the second frame, Stephen took advantage of a mistake by Wayne to level the match at 1-1.
The deciding frame was a tactical affair and eventually Wayne won the frame to put the Eagles 1-0 ahead. The second match was between Liam Johnston of the Traders and Jimmy Reenan and it was the home player, with a six ball clearance who won the first frame.
Jimmy responded with a brilliant finish to level the match and in the decider Liam seized the opportunity when Jimmy made a mistake to win the frame and level the match.
In the third match, Conor McDonnell played outstanding pool to beat Tiernan Mallon 2-0, to put the Eagles 2-1 ahead.
In the fourth match Ciaran Sheridan and David Hanratty shared the first two frames, before David broke and cleared the table in the decider to seal a 3-1 victory for the Eagles.
In the second semi-final Avenue Inn Rovers entertained Jackie Murphy’s and it was Jackie’s who started best when Tommy O’Hare won the first frame against Aidan Kinsella. However Aidan showed his class to win the next two frames to put the Avenue 1-0 ahead.
In the second match Stephen Gorham capitalised on mistakes by Dermot Connolly to seal a 2-0 victory and edge the Avenue closer to the final.
The third match featured the team captains Pat Brady and Kevin Soraghan and it was Pat who completed a 2-0 victory to seal his team’s place in the final.
In the last two matches John Dugdale beat Martin Lambe 2-1 and John Browne lost 2-0 against Barry Soraghan to leave the final score 4-1 in favour of the Avenue.
This result means that the two Avenue Inn teams, Eagles and Rovers, will now clash in both the league and cup finals.
In the Shield semi-final, Windmill Red entertained Harrison’s Blue and it was the home team who started best when the experienced Gussie Hearty beat Brendan Reenan 2-0.
The scores were level when Paul Kearney, with some outstanding pool, beat the Windmill captain Tony Bellew 2-1.
The Windmill regained the lead when Victor Murray beat John Sands 2-1 only for Harrison’s to bounce back again to level the match when Gerry Reenan beat Eamonn Boyle 2-1.
The decider was between Richard Keeley of the Windmill and Kieran Grimes and it was Richard who took his chances to win 2-0 and book the Windmill’s place in the final against Avenue Inn Swifts.