Sharkey takes Co. Pool title

Sharkey takes Co. Pool title
The third staging of the county championships took place on Saturday 17th in Jameson’s Bar, Drumkeen, and it was Irish international, Shaun Sharkey from Dungloe, who came through the 30-strong field to take the prestigious title.

The third staging of the county championships took place on Saturday 17th in Jameson’s Bar, Drumkeen, and it was Irish international, Shaun Sharkey from Dungloe, who came through the 30-strong field to take the prestigious title.

Shaun beat Shane Faulkner from Donegal town 7-2 in the final. In fairness to Shane, he found it hard to get going in the final after some heroic performances ; coming from 5-1 down against Joe Gallagher in the last 8 to win 6-5 and performing a similar feat against Oisín Ó Domhnaill in the semis, where he won the last four frames for another 6-5 victory.

Shaun was the best performer throughout the day but in the early rounds Johnny Connors produced a masterclass to beat Tony Mulhern 5-0 and he was many people’s favourite at that stage. David Moore, the defending champion, wasn’t about to relinquish his title easily, though, and produced a classy display to beat Johnny 6-4 in the quarters.

David then raced into a 3-0 lead against Shaun in the semis, before Shaun produced the best pool of the day to reel off 6 on the trot - which was some feat against a player of David’s calibre.

The final wasn’t as exciting as the semis - once Shaun established a lead it was always going to be hard for Shane to claw it back, especially given that his form had dipped a bit, and Shaun ruthlessly punished every mistake that Shane made. Last year’s beaten finalist was definitely a worthy winner on the day.