SNOOKER: Cookstown men open a big gap at the top

Damien McBride and Peter Reilly, back in the old days when they were both playing for St.Patrick's, Dungannon
Damien McBride and Peter Reilly, back in the old days when they were both playing for St.Patrick's, Dungannon

League Cup winners Pot Black saw a dream six days culminate with a splendid 4-0 win at home to McKees A, to open a yawning three points gap on top of Division One of Frank Hughes Bookmakers East Tyrone Snooker League.

Peter Reilly scored a relatively comfortable 2-0 win over his former St Patrick’s Hall team-mate Damien McBride, aided by breaks of 37 in the first frame and 43 in the second.

Mickey Quinn beat Owen McKee by the same score, albeit in two extremely tight frames. Quinn cleared from last red to blue in two visits to win the opener and brown to black to pinch the second.

The latter clearance featured long pots on brown and blue as well as a very good pink from tight on the cushion.

Two huge slices of luck went in favour of Patrick Wallace as he won against Colm Kelly, also by 2-0. Kelly, 16 in front, was well placed to win the opening frame until he suffered a very unfortunate in-off in potting the black. Wallace cleared with 36 and rubbed salt into the wound by missing a straightforward pink in the balls in frame two but fluking it to rob Kelly of a golden scoring opportunity.

Dermot Loughran clinched the final point for Pot Black by edging out John Hagan in an entertaining three-framer. Hagan cleared from last red to blue in the first but missed frame ball pink and Loughran potted the last two colours.

The McKees man, potting them from everywhere, ran away with the second, making a 35 break in the process. The decider was close all the way until Hagan was unlucky to leave the green over the middle, Loughran taking advantage of the chance to pot green, brown and blue.

Mark Nugent and Barry Hughes were in break-building form as Max A moved off the bottom rung via a 3-1 win over Gervins A, for whom Ciaran Kelly beat Paul McParland.

The battle of the top two in Division Two ended all-square, but visitors McKees B will be happier than the hosts. McVeighs A were in prime position to leapfrog the Gortgonis men when they won the first two games via Kieran Corr and Jerome McVeigh, who made a 46 break in seeing off Marty Doris. But Danny McVeigh and John McArdle both lost in straight frames, to Stevie McNulty and the ever-improving Oliver O’Neill.