It’s all to play for in all divisions after a remarkable week’s action, two table-toppers beaten and one drawing, enabling the chasing pack to close up.
After their whitewash win the previous week, Pot Black had taken pole position in the top section, but they came down to earth with a mighty bang when losing 3-1 at Mitchells A.
Ryan Robinson put the hosts ahead, beating Dermot Loughran 2-0, Joe Loughran doubling the lead with a decider win over Mickey Quinn. There was some high-quality safety play from both as Patrick Wallace pulled a point back for Pot Black against Paul McGuckin. Wallace eventually got in to make 44 to clinch the first on the penultimate red, adding the next on the last red. But Feargal Keenan shrugged off the disappointment of going in-off the final black in the opener against Peter Reilly to recover and win 2-1.
McKees A were winners in the Coalisland derby, a 42 break in the concluding tie allowing Anthony McGuckin to get the face-saving win over Colm Kelly and avert a whitewash. Brendan McLarnon beat Ciaran Kelly, Damien McBride toppled Seamus Nixon and Owen McKee defeated Darren Gribben - all without loss.
There was really no change in Division Two because all three matches ended all-square, leaders Gervins B recovering from losing the first two games to McKees B’s Oliver O’Neill and James Conway to taken the last two courtesy of Shea Fee and Chis Maye.
Kelly Hughes made breaks of 47 and 31 to pile on the agony as Conor Gillespie’s bad run continues, that the highlight of the draw for Mitchell’s INF home draw with McVeighs A, for whom Kieran Corr and Jerome McVeigh won the points.
And in Keady, Stevie Taylor and Shane McQuillan were Max B winners, with Jonny McCann and Niall Tennyson scoring for the Mitchells B men.
Jason O’Neill, Sean Day and Peter Maguire helped Gervins C win at McKees C to alter the Division Three picture, while the referee-based McVeighs B side achieved a 4-0 win at home to bottom side Mitchells C.