League title seems to be on its way to Burn Road

Mickey Quinn, Peter Reilly, Patrick Wallace and Dermot Loughran    INTT1611-136JS
Mickey Quinn, Peter Reilly, Patrick Wallace and Dermot Loughran INTT1611-136JS

Pot Black won the potential Frank Hughes Bookmakers East Tyrone Snooker League title decider and are now three points clear of Max A with three weeks left in the league championship race.

The Cookstown men got off to a flyer, Mickey Quinn restricting Barry Hughes to just seven points in their two frames, winning the opener intwoscoring visits of 32 and 53 and the second with two reds left by an unusual scoreline, 53-0. As often happens in top form, Quinn admitted that he enjoyed a favourable run of ball.

Stevie McParland levelled by beating Peter Reilly 2-0, trailing by ten in the first before embarking on frame-clinching 49 and won second in bits and pieces on the blue.

A 36 by Dermot Loughran left Mark Nugent seeking three snookers on last red but two fouls and a free ball left him able to win. He missed the blue off the last red, alas, affording Loughran a clear-up. The Dungannon man clinched a straight frames win by potting the blue from a snooker.

Patrick Wallace secured the win by beating John Maguire in a tight tie, 33 and 57 giving Wallace a 1-0 lead and, from 0-45, a 59 put him on the verge of victory. Maguire had other ideas and coolly cleared from two reds to blue to set up a decider. Maguire continued to pot very well, without enjoying much luck, and Wallace won it on the last red, a late 40 break ultimately proving vital.

Mitchells A moved into second spot via a 3-1 win at McKees, that position perhaps only a temporary one as they have played a match more than Max. Paul McGuckin worked hard to beat Damien McBride, John Currie had a 40 in a big win over Brendan McLarnon, Joe Loughran lost a decider to Colm Kelly and Feargal Keenan won a competitive tie against club boss Owen McKee.

Division Two leaders Gervins B were held at home by Max B, Chris Maye star of the Plater’s Hill show by lowering colours of Stevie Taylor.

McKees B had winners in James Conway, Ollie O’Neill and Colm Doris away to Mitchells INF, Kelly Hughes responding for the home team.

Mitchells B also lost 3-1, Jonny McCann averting the whitewash by beating John McArdle; Danny McVeigh, Jerome McVeigh and Kieran Corr hit back for McVeighs A.

Title-hat-trick seeking McKees C are three clear in Division Three after a 4-0 victory over Mitchells C.