First cup goes to Drumaness

First cup goes to Drumaness

8 November 2017

THERE was a good attendance for the McAllister Cup final in the St Michael’s clubrooms in Downpatrick. 

The draw paired Marty Singh against Chris Scantlebury and Seamus McGivern against Alastair McDonald in the first two matches.

Singh started brightly and with breaks of 22 and 24 took an early 40-point lead, while  Scantlebury was left trailing as Singh added a string of small breaks (13, 14, 15, 17, 19) to reach 180 with the Ards man back on 70. 

To his credit Scantlebury kept going and hit a nice 21 break before Singh crossed the line at 200-96. 

On the other table McGivern and McDonald exchanged early breaks of 27 and 26 to leave them level pegging at the half-way mark.  The scores reached 134 points apiece before McDonald faltered and McGivern found a second wind.  With further breaks of 19, 21 and 22, he reached the finishing line a 200-137 winner.

The first two results left Drumaness 133 points ahead as captain Gary Rodgers squared up to Keith Lemon in the last match. 

Lemon hit the ground running and struck a great 39 break early on to give his side renewed hope.  However, Rodgers wasn’t about to let his side down and a good 21 break got his cue arm going. 

Despite Lemon’s best efforts, Rodgers kept tagging on minor scores as he eased towards the 69 points required for a Drumaness victory. 

In the end, a 15 break took him to 71 points and with Lemon on 122, the cup was won. 

League treasurer and billiards correspondent Robert Pollock did the honours in presenting the perpetual Harry McAllister Cup to Drumaness captain Rodgers.  Gary commiserated with the losing Queen’s Hall men, thanked the St Michael’s club for hosting the final and his team-mates Singh and McGivern for not leaving him too much to do against last year’s player of the year Lemon in the final match.