POOL | Kinsella and Reenan set up final showdown with Brady and Dugdale

The Doubles and Division One Masters competitions were the focus of the action in last week’s Tuborg Dundalk Pool League.

The doubles quarter finals were all played in the Avenue Inn and Barry Soraghan and Fintan Dullaghan caused an upset in the first match of the night, running out 4–2 winners against defending champions Ger Cunningham and James Dullaghan.

The next match saw Aidan Kinsella and Des Reenan play Wayne Rogers and John Browne and the players shared the first six frames to send the match to a deciding frame.

Here, both pairs had chances to win the match and eventually it was Des who potted the winning black to seal a 4–3 victory for himself and Aidan.

Barry and Fintan then played Aidan and Des in the semi final where Aidan and Des played some superb pool to complete a convincing 5–1 victory and book their place in the final.

On the other table, the opening quarter final saw Pat Brady and John Dugdale face off against Martin Lambe and Paul Murnaghan.

This was another closely contested match and the players shared the opening six frames to send the match to a decider where Martin broke and potted the white ball. Pat and John seized their opportunity and cleared the table to complete a 4–3 victory.

In the next match, Vincent Brannigan and Justin McArdle played David McQuillan and Bryan Crowe and the players shared the first four frames before Vincent and Justin recorded two excellent clearances to complete a 4–2 victory.

The semi final featured Pat Brady and John Dugdale against Vincent Brannigan and Justin McArdle and it was Pat and John who were in unstoppable form as they completed a 5–1 victory to book their place in the final.

The final will see Aidan Kinsella and Des Reenan play against Pat Brady and John Dugdale. It will be played over the best of 11 frames at a date to be arranged in the Avenue Inn.

Division One Masters

In the Division One Masters, held in the Commercial Club, Michael Ralph played Paul Ruane in a Last 16 match and it was Paul who was on top form as he completed a 3–1 victory.

In the next game Wayne Rogers played Dessie Soraghan and in quick fire fashion Wayne completed a 3–0 victory.

In the quarter final, Paul played Wayne who was again on top form to win the match 3–0 and book his place in the Masters semi final.

The semi finals and final of the Division One Masters were scheduled to be played tonight, Tuesday, April 18th in Avenue Inn where Vincent Brannigan was due to face Ger Cunningham and Alan Thompson was down to meet Wayne Rogers to see who would be crowned inaugural Masters champion.

Three finals on Monday

The action on Monday, April 24th features three finals. In the Division One final, Avenue Rovers play Avenue Avengers in the Avenue Inn.

The Division Two final will be played in the Commercial Club and it features Uncle Tom’s B and Harry’s Heroes.

The last final is the Shield final which will be played in the Blue Anchor and it features Castle Bar Baize and Avenue United. The three finals should be close, with some teams battling to win their first ever silverware in the pool league.

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