147 Snooker Club was the setting for the Limited Doubles final and the newly-established pairing of Enda McCrory and John Quinn saw off the challenge of Aidan Doherty and John Doran on a 3-1 score line to claim their inaugural title.
The opening frame was naturally safety dominated and characterised by a series of small breaks from Quinn and McCrory pushing them well ahead. Doherty and Doran could not find any rhythm and were unable to close the gap leaving the Coach Inn duo with little option but to concede on a 63-15 score line.
Two breaks of sixteen and fifteen from McCrory and Quinn coupled with twelve points in fouls saw them establish a healthy forty plus point lead in the second game. Doherty replied with a sixteen of his own to cut the deficit but a missed pink proved costly allowing McCrory and Quinn to close out the second 61-25.
A must win third frame for Doran and Doherty proved to be the most engrossing of the evening in terms of tension if not quality.
Tactical play continued to dictate the pattern of the match and McCrory and Quinn appeared to be on the cusp of the title, ten points ahead going into the colours. However, they conceded nineteen points in fouls to wipe out their advantage and it was left to Doran to pot the pink and annex their first frame on a 51-43 score line.
A short interval allowed the players to regroup and the fourth frame mirrored the previous three with safety predominant.
The score reflected this at 15-11 with three reds remaining; Doran and Doherty pushed slightly ahead going into the colours and it was inevitable that it would be a black ball game which was duly potted by McCrory for a 3-1 victory.
HOLDERS Strathroy Harps show little sign of relinquishing their grip on the Mulhern Cup following a 3-1 second round...