Top two keep up the pace with 5-3 wins

Detroit 3 - 5 Higgins’

On a night when all the title chasers were put under pressure, Higgins’ once again showed that they have the grit to go all the way. The night started perfectly for the league leaders as neither Mick McClean nor Colly Wilton had to break sweat to secure a 2-0 lead.

Mark Kinneen kick-started the Detroit challenge and inspired his team-mates to follow suit as Cathal Mathews and Fergal Cotter both won to push The Detroit 3-2 up. Brendan Davis then dug deep to win a crucial frame to level going into the doubles.

Sean Gribben and Mark Kinneen had their chances to win the first but Gareth Moody and Colly Wilton showed their class to come through and once again gain the lead. Noel Meara and Michael Mc Clean are a formidable partnership and in particular Michael is in awesome form this year and he took out a top-drawer finish to his team’s great joy and relief to keep Higgins top of the table.

Mulhollands 5 - 3 Coach

Mulhollands were out to avenge the 5-1 cup demolition dished out at home to them from tonights opponents.

The home side could not have had a better start as Gary Crawford, Martin Mulholland, Neill Beggs and A Bingham were all successful to storm into a 4-0 lead. The Coach then woke up and Stevie Docherty and Tom Moore both won and a match was on.

The first doubles match was as tactical as they come but when you have the reigning individuals’ champion in your corner you know that one chance is needed and that’s exactly what happened as Gary Crawford took that one chance and cleared up to secure the win for Mulhollands. That kept them just one point behind Higgins but they play their game in hand Tonight (Tuesday).

Market Bar 4 - 4 Banbridge Legion

This was a great performance from The Legion to recover fron the mauling they got last week from another Dromore side. The Market will definitely see this as a severe blow in their quest to take the title away from their near neighbours. The match started with Trevor Ashe winning his usual first frame but L Murray levelled. The match turned in the next three frames as the visitors took two of them through G Steenson and Davy Horner with W Sewart winning in between. The Market showed their title credentials as P Braham and the doubles pair of Trevor Ashe and K Mallon restored the lead for the home side. The Legion then produced a flawless frame to grab a point when D Horner and G Steenson came out on top.

Cullens 8 - 0 Castle Bar A

Cullens registered their first two point haul of the season.

The Individuals

The entry forms for the blue ribbon event of the season will be distributed today (Tuesday) and must be returned no later than Tuesday 28th January with entry fee (£5), the draw on Friday 31st January. Good luck to all.