The Tyrone U19s again took pride of place at the 2014 Irish Pool Festival held in Castlebar over the Bank Holiday weekend at they claimed the national title for the fifth time.
Tyrone Pool Association committee members, junior players and management were out in force at the impressive Breaffy House Hotel but it was the Under-19s who stole the show.
It was almost a superb double but the gallant Tyrone U15s reached the final only to be defeated by the brilliant Wexford team on a last game decider 5-4.
The Under-19 team were in superb form throughout the weekend to be crowned All-Ireland champions for the fifth time at this age group in this brilliant and prestigious junior competition.
Tyrone qualified for the knockout stages from a tough group involving Leitrim B, Wexford B, Mayo A and Westmeath.
In the semi-finals they defeated former champions Leitrim A with all players producing top quality performances to progress into the final where they came up against a very good Mayo team who knocked out former champions Wexford in the other semi-final.
Tyrone showed all their experience and held their nerve throughout the match to come back from 7-5 down to win the remaining three games for a 8-7 victory to be crowned champions. Jubilant team members were Carl Martin, Gerard McDermott, Ciaran Fay, Eoin Burns and Steven McGurn.
The Tyrone U-15 team played outstanding pool over the weekend to reach the final only to be defeated on a last frame decider 5-4 by defending champions Wexford A but overall Tyrone played solid pool.
In the round robin group format they overcame the challenges of Roscommon, Mayo, Wexford B, Westmeath and Leitrim B to progress to the knockout stages.
In the semi-finals the U-15s defeated Cork on a 5-0 scoreline before losing to the impressive Wexford A in the final 5-4. Team members were Gerard McDermott, Callum McGlinchey, Oisin Wallace and Galvin McDermott.
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