Rovers and Jackie’s celebrating after winning their respective divisions

The Jackie Murphy's Dundalk Pool League team
i Last week’s Tuborg sponsored Dundalk Pool League action concentrated on the two divisional pool finals.

i Last week’s Tuborg sponsored Dundalk Pool League action concentrated on the two divisional pool finals.

The Division One final was between two Avenue Inn teams, Eagles and Rovers with the first match between Graham Baitson of the Eagles and John Dugdale.

It was John who started best when he capitalised on a mistake by Graham to win the first frame but Baitson showed his class when he produced an excellent finish to win the second frame and he won the match when he took a tactical third frame.

The second match featured Wayne Rogers of the Eagles and Aidan Kinsella and it was Wayne who won the first frame when he produced a brilliant six ball clearance. The scores were level when Aidan escaped from a snooker to pot his last ball and then the black.

In the decider, Aidan looked the likely winner until he run out of position and snookered himself on his last ball. Wayne took full advantage of this error to win the frame to put the Eagles 2-0 ahead.

The third match featured the two captains, Pat Brady of Rovers, and Des Reenan and it was Pat who won the first frame when he took full advantage of a mistake by Des.

In the second frame, Des potted his seven reds and then took on a difficult cross on the black. Much to his dismay, he potted the black and the white, to give Pat a 2-0 victory.

With the score now at 2-1 in favour of the Eagles, it was Conor McDonnell of Eagles against Declan Brady and when Conor got his chance he cleared the table to go 1-0 ahead.

In the second frame both players had chances and then Conor potted a difficult plant which enabled him to clear the table to complete a 2-0 victory and with it the league title for Avenue Inn Eagles.

In the last match Stephen Gorham beat Ruairi Gogarty 2-0 to leave the final score 3-2.

Division Two final

The Division Two final was played in the Windmill and it featured Windmill Black and Jackie Murphy’s.

The first game was between Denise McArdle of the Windmill and Barry Soraghan and it was Barry who started best when he won the first frame with an excellent five ball clearance. Denise replied with a superb four ball clearance to level the match at 1-1.

The deciding frame was a tactical affair and when Denise missed an easy black, Barry stepped in to clear the table to put Jackie Murphy’s 1-0 ahead.

The second match was between the home player Peter McCloskey and Tommy O’Hare and it was Peter who took the first frame when he took advantage of a mistake by Tommy.

The second frame could have went either way and Jackie’s thought they had a chance when Peter snookered himself on the black ball, however Peter produced a magnificent swerve shot to pot the black and level the overall scores at 1-1.

The third match featured Anthony Donegan of the Windmill and Martin Lambe and Martin played some outstanding pool to complete a 2-0 victory to put Jackie’s 2-1 ahead.

The fourth match was between the two captains Eamonn Farrell and Kevin Soraghan of Jackie’s and after a re-rack in the first frame Eamonn put the Windmill 1-0 ahead. Kevin levelled his match when he produced an excellent six ball clearance in the second frame.

With the pressure building, both players missed chances in the decider and when the game went to a black ball fight it was Kevin who calmly potted the black in the middle pocket to win the title for Jackie Murphy’s.

In the last match Chris Caulfield Windmill beat Dermot Connolly 2-0 to leave the final score at 3-2 in favour of Jackie Murphy’s.

The pool league takes a break for Easter and the action resumes on April 28 with the individual’s final in the Avenue Inn.

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