There was final disappointment at the European Masters Snooker Championship on Saturday afternoon for Donegal snooker player Peter Donegan.
Donegan, from Kilcar and a member of the North West Snooker Club in Letterkenny, along with Nigel Power, from Drogheda, lost in the Masters team final at the championship in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The Irish pair, who were the number 3 seeds, suffered a 4-0 defeat to England after Donegan was desperately unlucky to lose the first match of the final on the black ball to Aidan Owens.
Donegan and Power defeated the Irish second team of John Tormey and Brendan Fleming, 4-1 in the quarter-final, and defeated Scotland 4-2 in the semi-final.
“The boys were fantastic here all week and they should be very proud of themselves,” Irish coach and Snooker Ireland Development Officer, P J Nolan posted in Snooker Ireland’s website.
“Our Masters again performed at the highest level and we go home with the runners-up in the Masters Singles and runner-up in the Masters team.”
Donegan also enjoyed a good run in the individual Masters at the championship. He defeated the representatives from Lithuania, Scotland and Poland to top his group and qualify for the last 32.
And in the team event the Irish team of Peter Donegan and Nigel Power from Drogheda qualified as fourth seeds for the knockout stages of the Masters Team Championships. The Irish duo defeated pairings from Lithuania, Israel, Switzerland and Poland.
Donegan defeated former professional Darren Paris, in the quarter final before losing to former World Snooker Championship semi-finalist Darren Morgan from Wales in the semi final.