Pool: Pre-season favourites make it two from two


Premier Division

Banbridge Legion 2

Higgins 6

The pre - season favourites have now made it two from two and already are the only side with a 100% start to the campaign.

This result was never really in doubt despite a glitch at the end of the singles. Tony Greenan and Brendan Davis kept up their perfect starts as they won two of the first four frames and they were joined by Noel Meara and Gareth Mc Carten who got their seasons back on track to give the visitors a 4 - 0 lead they were pegged back slightly as Sid Kerr and Lee Murray took the final two singles matches but the points were secured when Tony and Noel won the first doubles game and Higgins cleaned up the result with victory in the final match up.

Coach Inn 7 O’Reillys 1

After last weeks demolition of The Imperial the O’Reillys team were brought back down to earth with a bang as they came up against a well oiled machine in the shape of The Coach, they themselves had a great result last week and they built on that with a lesson on how to play this great game of ours.

Raymie Lyons got the ball rolling and was quickly followed by four of his team mates as this match was put to bed in double quick time. Mark Kinneen was the only positive to come out of the tie for O’Reillys as he masterfully despatched his opponent, this result surely sets the tone for The Coach to be serious contenders for the title even at this early stage of the season and its back to the drawing board for Liam and the boys.

Imperial Inn 4

Mulhollands 4

Newly promoted Imperial gained an impressive point against the reigning champions on Tuesday night but it could have been so much more as Mulhollands had to win the final two doubles matches to pull this tie out of the fire. S Mc Minn, Ronnie Kerr and A Corbett set the match up with victories in the first three frames, Stevie Massy and Gary Crawford stopped the rut but the champions then found themselves fighting for a point as M Jamison sank the black to secure at least a point, both doubles went the way of the visitors and a big sigh of relief was heard as Mulhollands shakey start to the season continued.

Castle Bar 7

Market Bar 1

If you are going to bounce back you may as well do it in style as The Castle romped home against one of the favourites for the title. It was no shame losing to a great Higgins side last week but determination was in the camp this week to make sure more ground was not lost on the leaders,

All six singles frames went to the home side as Stephen Fitzpatrick started it all and Cecil Corbett finished it as The Market boys stood and watched their perfect start to the season fall apart, Dan Campbell, Gordon Magennis, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Colly Mc Sherry were all winners on the night.

Current standings in the table: 1.Higgins, played 2, points 4; 2.The Coach, played 2, points 3; 3.O’Reillys, played 2, points 2; 4.Castle, played 2, points 2; 5.Market Bar, played 2, 2; 6.Mulhollands, played 2, points 2; 7.Imperial, played 2, points 1; 8.Ban Legion, played 2, points 0.