Matthew Mahon won the Club Championship, the Canon McMullin Cup, on Friday evening with a 3-1 victory over Sean Faulkner in a closely fought final. Mattie got the better of Columba O’Donnell in the semi final, while Sean had a very impressive win over the much fancied Rory Buchanan to book his place in the decider.
The first frame was a cagey affair with both players struggling to settle. A scrappy frame ensued and in the end up it was Mattie who won it to take an early lead, which so often proves crucial in these matches. Sean showed all the signs in the second that he wasn’t going to let his younger counterpart get the better of him. Once a significant lead had been established, Sean used all his experience to see out the frame potting well when given the opportunities and eventually drawing things level after a fine pot on the green.
With things now closely poised at one each, it was Mattie who was beginning to come under pressure. Sean once again got in front and led at one stage by forty points. Potting however is Mahon’s strong point and he potted magnificently to play his way back into the frame. There was just two points in it on the brown ball and it was clear to the many people who had gathered to watch the final, that this frame would be extremely significant in deciding the destination of the trophy. Mahon potted brown, blue and pink to secure the frame and was now a single frame from victory.
The fourth, and ultimately final frame, was a more one sided affair. Mattie got in early and quickly got back the handicap advantage. Sean was unfortunate at times in the frame as he just seemed to lose the run of the ball when perhaps he needed it most. When the final red was potted, and facing an unassailable deficit, Sean graciously came forward to offer his congratulations to the new champion. The Canon McMullin Cup is the one trophy everyone in the club every player would like to get their hands on and credit must be given to Mahon who has managed this feat twice already, despite being only twenty years of age. Congratulations Mattie on a well deserved win. Also thanks to James Gallagher for refereeing the final.
In other club news, the Christmas Hamper Competition is now up and running and players are asked to arrange their matches a.s.a.p.. Club Membership is also due at this time and is priced at a very reasonable rate of just €20 for the year. All new members are welcome and it is great to see so many new faces joining in recent weeks. The club would also like to thank Rory Dunlevy, Giftworld Donegal Town, for sponsoring a prize recently in the Canon McMullin Cup.