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Table toppers suffer setback

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

MITCHELL'S A were the big losers as the D.Carolan & Sons League Championship reaches the halfway stage, disappointingly losing to visiting Max Keady on Thursday night.

The Cookstown team went into the night's play two points clear of the field but, as the only team to lose, the rest of the field will have taken  encouragement.

Yet Joe Loughran's team will realise that it could all have been very different but for a re-spot black ball loss for Feargal Keenan against Shane McQuillan, after the Kildress cueman had hit breaks of 49 and 31 in the opening frame.

John Currie was well beaten, Chris Maye was beaten despite breaks of 30 and 34 and it was left to Loughran to salvage a point by defeating Eddie McKee with breaks of 34 and 46.

In a dress rehearsal for the final of the League Cup decider, honours were even, McVeighs forced to show all their battling qualities to storm back and earn a share of the booty available in Killyman.

Kevin Kelly and Peter Loughran fired Mitchells B into a commanding lead before Conor Gillespie snatched frame two by a solitary point to beat Barry McKillion and a Kieran Corr inflicted a hefty defeat on Niall Tennyson.

Mitchells INF went to the border town with determination to get some consolation after losing the League Shield Final three days earlier and they looked primed to exact revenge when Kelly Hughes and Kevin O'Donnell won the first two.

However, Aughnacloy A kept their cool and a 25 clearance gave Paddy Quinn a straight frames victory over Terry Dunlop and Pete Tierney had too much potting power for Cookstown man Seamus Mitchell.

And it was honours even in the basement battle at Plater's Hill, with Aughnacloy B winning the first and last games through Craig Bell and Richie McCrudden.

In between times, Malachy O'Neill came from behind to get the better of Colin Charlton and Gervins secured their draw when Ronan Wilson eased home against debutant Mark Patterson.

McKee's B staked a mighty claim for the regaining of the Division Three league title when they  walloped the latest pretenders to the throne, Aughnacloy C - and on their own tables as well. It will be a huge shock now if they can be overtaken after great wins for Patrick Doris, Paddy McGlinchey, Finbar Hughes and Raymond McKee.

Mitchell's C got a very welcome win against Aughnacloy D to move into joint second spot.

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