Defending champs out of Cup

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The Brendan Mc Adam Cup kicked off on Tuesday night and as usual there was a shock when joint Premier Leaders and defending champions The Coach were dumped out of the competition by new boys The Ballymore Inn.

The result came as no surprise to the rest of the first division as the Tandregee side have been devastating all season and have only dropped a single point.

It was not really the victory but the manor in which it was achieved as they destroyed The Coach by 8 frames to 1.

This surely sends a stark message out to teams in both divisions that the Ballymore will be no push overs no matter what division their opponents play in.

In the two pre-lim rounds the Railway overcame The Anglers B team with an impressive come back win after finding themselves 3 - 1 down.

They hit the road running and took the following 4 frames for victory and have now set up an away tie with joint premier league leaders Higgins.

The other match saw Mulhollands just about over come Cullens and now face near neighbours The Market Bar A in the first round proper.

O’Reillys, which are the other team at the top of the premier, had to travel to Dromore and face an inform Mulhollands B team which only two seasons ago dumped them out of the cup at this early stage.

This term 0’Reillys were determined not to let history repeat itself and were never in danger.

After taking the first three frames Mulhollands won the fourth but that was it as the away side registered a 6 - 1 victory.

Another great victory for a division one side against premier league opposition came in Scarva Street as the Red Star despatched The Legion with an exciting brand of pool.

They are now planted in the quarter finals fearing nobody in that round and are hoping the A team come through their match and just maybe a mouth watering tie will come out of the draw.

The Anglers A kept the misery going for The Market Bar B team as they ran away with this one completing an 8 - 1 victory.

The Imperial thought they were going the same way as the Coach and Legion when they were 2 - 0 down away to the Bus Bar but they rallied and took six of the last seven frames to advance to the quarter finals.

The final first round match brought O’Reillys B together with premier opposition in the shape of The Cast Bar and for four frames an upset was on the cards as the first division side found themselves 3 - 1 up but unfortunately they did not register another frame as the premier league side won this tie comfortably in the end by 6 - 3.

The draw will be made by the computer once the last two matches are complete.