Snooker: Two Coalisland teams in Knockout Cup semi-finals

U-14 champion Daniel Nixon with dad Daniel Nixon.
U-14 champion Daniel Nixon with dad Daniel Nixon.

Gervins A, Gervins B, Mitchells A and Pot Black will be the names going into the hat for the draw to determine pairings in the Knockout Cup semi-finals, the two Coalisland teams securing their spots via wins in sudden-death shoot-out frames.

The Division Two Coalisland B team caused the only upset at the last eight stage by eliminating their Gortgonis neighbours, McKees A, on Thursday night.

After victories for home players Ryan Morrow and Chris Maye and counter-attacks by Ronan Fay and Colm Kelly, the Plater’s Hill men nominated schoolboy Daniel Nixon for a sudden death frame - and he defeated Fay to sweepm them into the last four.

It was a similar story as Gervins A defeated the McKees B team. Anthpony McGuckin and Seamus Nixon were their winners in Gortgonis, James Conway and Tyrone Whitehouse bringing the match to extra time. Ciaran Kelly then avenged the earlier defeat by beating Conway in a black ball finish.

In Cookstown, Pot Black needed sterling finishes by Mickey Quinn, with a 78 break, and Dermot Loughran to dismiss the threat from Max Keady B, while Mitchells A had big winners in Paul Currie, 89 break, and Feargal Keenan to fend off the challenge from their derby opponents, Mitchells INF.