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Fergal pockets great showing at European U18 Championships

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

A BROCAGH teen snooker ace has marked himself out as a potential star of the future by reaching the quarter finals of the European U18 Championships.
Fergal Quinn, a Lower Sixth pupil at St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon, stormed into the quarter finals of the championships, contested in Cyprus earlier this month.
He also made it through to the last 32 of the European U21 Championships the following week, winning all five of his group games in the process, defeating one of the most highly rated players in Europe along the way.
Fergal only turned 17 during the tournament and certainly left his mark on the competition.
The teenager has also been creating an impression on the local snooker scene for a number of years, defeating far more senior players since he was just 14.
He currently plays out of Mitchell's club in Cookstown.
A number of Northern Irish and Irish junior titles have come Fergal's way, and he was in good form at the European Championships.
As well as winning all five of his group games in the U21s only conceding three frames in the process,Fergal was also imperious in the group stages of the U18s competition, winning all his fixtures and only conceding one frame in that group.
So after the U18s group stages, Fergal was seeded number four in the competition, which earned him a spot in the last 32.
He also fought hard to make his way through the last 32 and last 16 rounds, before falling to Russian Ivan Kakovsky.
In the U21 tournament, Fergal's run was ended by Belgium's Sybren Sokolowski in heartbreaking fashion, what made it more difficult was the fact that it was also Fergal's birthday.
Fergal was leading the best of seven frames tussle 3-1, but the Belgian fought back to snatch victory on a scoreline of 4-3.
However, Fergal acquitted himself admirably and now looks forward to travelling to China in July for the World U18 and U21 Championships.

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