The Coach Inn hosted the Limited Team Knockout final on Sunday past with the entire competition held throughout the day.
The final pitted Fintona SC against O’Connor’s C on a cumulative points format where every ball mattered.
Fintona dispatched INF B and O’Connor’s B in the earlier rounds while O’Connor’s C negotiated tough ties against Dander Inn and Coach Inn C.
Fintona’s Barry Cunningham played Ryan Edgar in the opening two frames with Cunningham’s early 24 break easing him ahead.
Edgar fought back and small breaks allied with solid safety kept him in touch; he closed the frame with an 18 but it wasn’t enough to establish a lead as Cunningham won 61-58 for a 3 point lead.
The second frame saw the Fintona men extend their advantage as a 15 by Cunningham and a number of unlucky fouls by Edgar saw the gap widen to 33 points on a 68-38 frame score line.
Gareth Quinn played Dean Irvine in the third and this frame was pivotal in deciding the destiny of the Knockout title as Quinn won 64-20 to increase the lead to 77 points overall.
It was imperative that Irvine responded in the fourth to claw back the deficit and he battled valiantly without any luck and the steady Quinn continued to pot fluently and play safe where necessary. Quinn won 68-32 to give the Fintona side an almost unassailable 113 point lead with two frames remaining.
The experienced Brian Sheridan and Stephen Quinn were the evening’s final pairing with Sheridan having the proverbial mountain to climb to recover the arrears.
Despite his best efforts, Sheridan made no inroads into the lead and small breaks by S. Quinn pushed the tie further away from the Dromore men; Quinn won the frame and match in the fifth frame 58-32 for a cumulative points lead of 139 leaving the O’Connor’s men with little option but to concede.
The committee of Omagh & District Snooker League would like to thank the Coach Inn for their efficient hosting of the Final and Paddy Barrett and Martin McQuaid for refereeing.
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