All Roads Lead To The Indo & Foresters tomorrow night where the Cunningham Cup Semi/Finals are being played. In the Indo is the top of the league clash with CWC A v Trainors A in what should be classic and in the Foresters its McGuigans A v Hustlers which should be another classic Good Luck too all teams tomorrow night .
The Cunningham cup takes centre stage tomorrow night. Its a great opportunity for two of the lesser lights in the Premier Division - Hustlers and McGuigan's to make the final and of course there's that mouth watering tie where league Champions CWC A will renew their rivalry with Trainor's A.
Most people outside Hustlers and McGuigan's will say that the winner of CWC A and Trainor's will lift the Cunningham Cup. The other semi finalists will still dream that given a bit of luck they could lift the Cup. There's also the added bonus of £150 just for reaching the final.
Hustlers are adjusting to the fact they will be playing Division 1 pool next season after their last gasp 5-3 defeat to Bears sent the crashing through the Premier Division trap door. McGuigan's did well in their 1st season back in the top flight after their relegation the previous season.
Two of this season's league meetings ended in draws. The other was a comfortable win for McGuigan's mid-season.
McGuigan's finished the season only 2 points ahead of relegated Hustlers but strangely give up an 8 frame-difference.
Both teams have players that can win a match in one visit. Hustlers will rely heavily on Ciaran O'Neill and Shane McAllister. Martin Conroy and Conor O'Hare catch the eye on the Hustlers side and Gerard McGuigan has had an outstanding season with his own pub.
In the other semi final CWC A will be aiming for back to back quadruple's. Trainor's A hit a bad run in February and early Match but they've recovered in time to possibly save their season. After leading for 3/4 of the league campaign it was defeat to CWC and a few draws that ended their title dream. Whitecross dumped Trainor's from the Divisional Cup so it's just the Cunningham or Vegas Cup left for them.
Trainor's will need to come out of the Pairs no worse off than 2-1 down to have any chance of shocking the champions. Without doubt Pat Brady, Paddy Clarke and Harvey Lavelle will all play singles games and stopping those 3 would be cataclysmic odds against. Terry McNally and Raymie McKenna are relied on regularly. Bernie Magee and Seamus McGeoghegan will be seen as the weak points.
James O'Hagan could be key for Trainor's. He needs to put his poor season behind him and play the fluent attacking pool we all know he can. Seamus McVerry beat Harvey Lavelle last time they met and he will need more of the same. Eddie McCaughey is as good if not better than the majority of CWC A players. Paddy Tavey is another player Trainor's will need to repeat his previous heroics if there is to be a shock result. Captain Niall McVerry will need to match up the players to his advantage which is no easy task. Sean Murray is quality and if Liam Bradley can get a decent chance we know he can hold his nerve. Dee Kearney has talent but can he hold it together when it really matters?
t of things to go well to make the final. McGuigan's have probably the better potter's. Kevin Magee must have his side ahead after the Pairs. Hustlers' lesser players just aren't as strong as McGuigan's and it should be McGuigan's that edge through 6-3.
If Trainor's bring their A game then we could be in for a cracker. If Trainor's can bring this to a decider they could cause an upset but another 6-3 is more likely. CWC A to reach yet another final.
Hustlers need a lot of things to go well to make the final. McGuigan's have probably the better potter's. Kevin Magee must have his side ahead after the Pairs.
Hustlers' lesser players just aren't as strong as McGuigan's and it should be McGuigan's that edge through 6-3.
If Trainor's bring their A game then we could be in for a cracker. If Trainor's can bring this to a decider they could cause an upset but another 6-3 is more likely.