Mulhollands A 6
Banbridge Legion 2
The new McLean’s Bookmakers Premier League season kicked off on Tuesday night and the defending champions started their campaign with an impressive home performance against a strong Legion side.
Simon Roy skipped across the Irish Sea to make sure he was available for selection and got the ball rolling with victory in frame one. The current reigning singles champion followed up in the next and Gary showed he is in great form to hold on to that title when the time comes. Frame three gave the visitors a glimmer of hope as L Murray took out a great finish to put the Legion on the scoreboard. Ally Bingham and Raymie Jess took their A games to the table and secured at least a point for Mulholland’s going into the doubles. Both matches went the way of the home side and the defence of their league title was underway.
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Higgins A 6
The team that many believe will wrestle the title away form Dromore showed just why they are the favourites for that honour as they showed no mercy in tearing apart a Cullens side with a very impressive home record in past seasons.
Michael McClean started the night off for Higgins as the current holders of the Brendan McAdam Cup are determined to add the League title to their trophy cabinet. Kevin Smyth was once again in great form as he took the second frame and was quickly followed by Noel Meara, Paddy Donaghy picked up were he left off last year in the fourth and secured a point but the honour of winning maximum points fell to Gareth McCartan as he won the fifth. Cullen’s registered their first frame of the season when Richard Gibson won the sixth but Michael and Mr Moody won the first doubles with Ryan Taylor and Richard Gibson cleaning up the match in the final frame.
Market Bar A 5
A fantastic away win for the Dromore side as these two teams both have ambitions of winning the league title.
Keiron Mallon, W. Stewart and Tommy Hutchinson gave the visitors the perfect start as the Detroit were still cold and starting the season very slowly.
The night sparked to life as Stephen Burns showed just why he has been one of the most consistent pool players in the league over the past few seasons as he took out a great finish in the fourth.
Owen Cull ground out a great win in the fifth to make sure of at least a point. The performance of the night came in frame six as Cathal Mathews showed just why Northern Ireland are falling over themselves to have this man on their squad as he broke the balls and methodically took out the remaining balls one by one and finished perfectly on the black.
Mark Kinneen and Barry Casey then won the opening doubles match to give the home side a chance of an unlikely point and that looked on the cards when Cathal and Liam worked their way through their colours to leave just two yellows on the table.
Gareth Graham was unlucky not to take out a great finish himself and had to snooker Cathal on his one but last colour. Cathal brilliantly navagated the white off two cushions to hit his yellow only for the said ball to roll full ball onto the black and the home side watched in shock as the black sank into the corner pocket,
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The Coach Inn 5
This was a match that was more one sided than the scoreline suggests.
The Coach came very close last year to glory and after this performance that final step to the title may not be that far away. The Banbridge side managed to win all opening five frames to blow the Gilford team out of the water.
Simon McMullen got the ball rolling and he was followed by Mucker, Barry McGeown, Stephen Doherty and Tom Moore.
Russell Connell won the sixth and both doubles went the way of the home side. The rest of the league will be looking over their shoulders to see if this team can keep it up.