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Aces claim fifth Knockout trophy after four year wait

THE T&F Hospital hosted a veritable feast of snooker with the Open and Limited Team Knockout finals completed on Friday past.

The Open final pitted The Aces against the T&F Hospital on a cumulative points format where every ball mattered.

The T&F trio had dispatched a strong President’s team in the semi-final and The Aces were equally impressive in negotiating a tough encounter with the Koppites.

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The Aces’ S Loughran played M McQuaid in the opening two frames with safety dominating. Breaks of 22 by both players kept the scores level and a final pink and black saw the T&F establish a lead of 6 points in the opener. This trend continued in the second; a break of 20 by McQuaid was followed by a 32 from Loughran and the T&F edged the frame 64-51 to extend the advantage to 19 points.

P Loughran met E McCrory in the next match with McCrory starting brightly combining small breaks with solid safety. However, Loughran forged ahead with 20 and 19 breaks to win the frame 67-34 to lead the match by 14 points. Loughran then took the match emphatically away from the T&F men with breaks of 32 and 29 to seal the frame 103-12 to stretch the overall advantage to 105 points.

B Loughran and G Arkinson were next on stage with a T&F revival unlikely given the lead. Arkinson contributed a 40 break in the first and fought valiantly to win the opener by 20 points to reduce the deficit to 85. With the proverbial mountain to climb to retrieve the arrears, Arkinson started with a 32 break in the last frame but Loughran kept responding with a 19 and 15 and the T&F conceded with the team 48 points behind with the colours remaining.

The committee of Omagh & District Snooker League would like to thank Caldwell Motor Factors for their generous sponsorship of the event.

FULL STORY IN TODAY’S ULSTER HERALD…

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