Letterkenny group win Donegal Co Pool Championships

Letterkenny group win Donegal Co Pool Championships
The second annual championships took place over the weekend in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar, and was a fitting end to a great season.

The second annual championships took place over the weekend in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar, and was a fitting end to a great season.

On the Saturday, 48 players took part in the prestigious team competition and it turned out to be a hastily assembled group of lads from Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Ardara who took the title in great style.

The winners didn’t even have a full complement of players on the eve of the competition but when they were joined by Johnny Connors, Donegal’s premier snooker player, everyone knew they would a force to be reckoned with. Johnny’s class shone through again and again; Damian Devenney had a great record, including winning his first 10 frames; Joe Gallagher, Ardara, made his pool comeback with a serious of nerveless finishes and Dylan Sweeney was a revelation, displaying great grit, determination and ability.

They beat the highly-fancied Andie’s bar in the final. Both teams had just come through gruelling, down-to-the-wire, semi-final matches but Andie’s looked the more jaded for it in the final and didn’t reach the heights of earlier.

In Sunday’s singles event, there were many superb matches and plenty of upsets too. Last year’s winner, Gareth Kirwan, made an early exit to his teammate, Mark Moore, and Niall Mac Daid, last year’s other finalist, fell to a final frame defeat to Phelim McClafferty.

Come the end of the day it was down to Irish International, Shaun Sharkey, , David Moore. Shaun was uncharacteristically edgy in the early frames and David seized the early initiative. From then on, David largely controlled the match, winning on a 7-3 score line and deservedly take the title of county champion for 2013.