In the final week of action in the Dundalk Pool League sponsored by Tuborg, Avenue Inn United recorded their first victory of the season when they beat the much fancied Harrison’s Blue.
The match didn’t start well for the Avenue team when their captain Jonathan Smith was beat 2-1 by Brendan Reenan. Their players responded to win the next three matches with victories for Jonathan Murray, Ciaran Sullivan and Ciaran McGuinness. The reliable Kieran Grimes got a bonus point for Harrison’s when he beat Shane Gorham 2-1 in the final match.
Also at the Avenue the league champions Avenue Inn Eagles entertained Castle Bar Traders and it was the visitors who started best as Stephen McBride beat team captain Des Reenan 2-0.
The Eagles levelled the match when Brendan Traynor beat David McGill 2-1; however the Traders were back in front when Ciaran Sheridan beat David Hanratty 2-0. The Eagles again levelled the match when Conor McDonnell beat Liam Johnston 2-1 and they completed the victory when Ruairi Gogarty beat Tiernan Mallon 2-0 in the deciding match.
In division two Sean’s Tavern were hoping to continue their good run of form when they entertained second in the table Windmill Black. It was the visitors who started best when Declan Grimes beat Pat O’Hare 2-1, but Tony O’Hare levelled the match when he beat Chris Caulfield 2-1.
Windmill went in front again when Peter McCluskey beat Pat Jackson 2-0 and again Sean’s levelled the match when Martin Hayes beat Tetley Martin 2-1. It was now down to the decider between the team captains Don O’Brien and Eamonn Farrell and it was the Don O’Brien who played the best pool to win his match 2-0 and give Sean’s Tavern a 3-2 victory.
Castle Bar Baize entertained league leaders Jackie Murphy’s and they caused a shock when they beat Jackie’s 3-2 with victories for Mattie Hoey, Shane Dillon and Tomas Geroc. Tommy O’Hare and Barry Soraghan replied for Jackie’s.
The league now takes a break for Christmas and the action will resume on January 6.
Windmill Red 2 Avenue Inn rovers 3
Cluskey’s 3 Avenue Inn Swifts 2
Lumper’s 1 Callan’s 4