INTERMEDIATE CUP FINAL: Colts out-point Gaels in Oak derby
The 2016 edition of the North-West Intermediate Snooker Knockout Cup delivered hard-the-predict winners in Oak Grove Colts, a League Division Two outfit and among the outsiders at the onset of competition.
Having claimed the notable scalps of top-tier opposition in AOH and stablemates Real Oak on the road to the final, the Colts climaxed their unexpected exaltation by beating Sean Dolan’s GAC 3-0 in last Saturday night’s Oak derby decider at the Bishop Street bar.
Truth be told, the Gaels’ chances of calling the shots in the final were hardly improved by the absence of a couple of regular team members. That apart, well done to Cathal Wilson’s minnows for fighting the underdog’s cause well en-route to a laudable cup conquest.
John Ryan set the Colts on the victory path, taking the opening frame without difficulty, before Blaine McDaid made it 2-0 with equal comfort. The rout was completed by Cathal Wilson’s come-from-behind win, the team captain bagging the last four colours for a cup-winning black ball verdict.
With the premature conclusion, the Oak duo of Kieran Boyle and Barry McDaid, together with the Gaelic Club’s Kevin McKeever and Sean Paul McCauley, played spectator roles. Suffice to say, a bitter disappointment for the prospective combatants of the losing team.
FRAME SCORES – John Ryan (+30) 69, Warren Rogan (+25) 42; Blain McDaid (+30) 55, Tony Cregan (+25) 24; Cathal Wilson (+20) 59, Pat McKeever (+30) 50..... Match officials were Seamus Gallagher and Joe Sims (referees), John Clifford and Harry Logan (overseers).