The defending champions and winners of the last two years, The Lifebelt Bar of Ballyleague, were beaten 9-7 in a titanic battle with The Station A in Roscommon town last Friday night in the Cup quarter final and thus surrendered their crown in the Guinness Roscommon Pool League.
This was a great match with the first leg being played in The Lifebelt with The Station getting the better of the exchanges and leading 5-3 going into the second leg. The first leg was a very poor match with both teams struggling to find form in a tense encounter, however that meant little to The Station as they came out of the tie with a commanding lead, with the wins for the station over from Ryan Fallon beating Enda O’Shea, Alan Mullen beating Noel Moran, Cathal Tracey beating Michael Sorohan, Charlie Mee beating Sean Moran and Mick Brehony beating Niall Murray, while the winners for The Lifebelt were James Hanly beating Con Faughnan, Michael Lane beat Wayne Gilmartin and Shane McGann beat Brian Hoare, captain of The Station team.
The scene was set for the second leg with a large crowd present in The Station and The Lifebelt put it up to The Station with some excellent pool played by both teams. Enda O’Shea won frame 1 for The Lifebelt over Ryan Fallon and James Hanly played well to beat Con Faughnan, getting out of a snooker and potting the black to leave The Lifebelt 2-0 up on the night and 5-5 overall.
Alan Mullen kept the home side in front with an excellent clearance in game three over Shane McGann. Game four went to Michael Lane of The Lifebelt after a great safety battle with Mick Brehony. At 6-6 the scene was set for an epic finish and game five was played by Wayne Gilmartin, stand-in captain for The Station and The Lifebelt captain Noel Moran. After a great safety battle Wayne came out on top to put the station 7-6 up and game six went to the home side when Ken Burke played good pool to defeat Sean Moran.
At 3-3 on the night and 8-6 up overall The Station only needed one of the remaining two games, but Niall Murray stepped in for The Lifebelt and duly won, breaking off and finishing with an excellent clearance to beat Charlie Mee. So at 8-7 down Alan Hanly of the Lifebelt needed to beat Paul McNeill to force a play off game and Alan started excellently to almost clear the table but missed his second last ball and Paul McNeill stepped in to provide an excellent clearance under pressure to put The Station into the semi final where they play Sissy McGinty’s next weekend.
Tower Inn 4 4 Kate’s Bar
The second leg is being played this Friday night in Kate’s Bar with the winners playing Sunday evening against the Railway Bar of Roscommon town.
Shield semi finals
Silver Eel 4 v 4 Kenny’s, Station B 9 v Foxes 6.