The Vegas Cup was whittled down to the last 8 on Thursday night. Three Premier Division teams left the 'Party' while Premier Division leaders Trainor's A and current champions CWC A booked their place in the next round but not without their drama's.
Bar. 7 Duke Street Warrenpoint stunned Premier Division side McGuigan's with a comprehensive victory in Newry. Bar 7 are in a decent position aiming for promotion from Division 1 up to the glorious pastures of the Premier Division.
This Bar 7 team is mostly made up from former Boyds players that slid from the top tier to the bottom in a matter of years but these lads are on the climb again.
Gerard McGuigan and Nicky Langton put McGuigan's 1 up as the favourites looked to stamp their authority on the game.
Kevin and JP Lennon squared things before Kris and Richard Fletcher fired the visitors 2-1 up.
Shane Cunningham beat Damien Flanagan for 3-1 and from that moment Bar 7 realised they had a real chance.
Conor O'Hare got lucky to beat Chris O'Hare to make it 3-2.
The biggest result was the next one. The sensational Martin Conroy was beaten by Kevin Lennon in a massive shock. It was a severe kick to the sensitive area for McGuigan's.
Pat Byrne is an unbelievably attacking player and can beat anyone if his luck is in but Kris Fletcher is a bit more patient and it was Fletcher that fired his Bar 7 into the last 8 with a score of 5-2.
Mike McArdle reduced the margin to 5-3 by beating Jeremy O'Brien but it was Bar 7 that rubbed salt in the wounds by taking the final frame. Richard Fletcher was in backstroke mode when he beat Paul McAreavey for a satisfying 6-3 win.
Ballyholland caused somewhat of a shock when they dumped Nan's Rams from the Vegas Cup. Some would say this was no shock as they are odds on to swap Divisions.
Mark Maguire and Rony O'Reilly had the hosts Nan's 1 up but Ballyholland led 2-1 by the end Pairs.
Robbie White returned with another sharp shooter Niall McQuillan to level and Jim McMahon with captain Brendan Keenan put Ballyholland 2-1 up.
Mark Pentony levelled for 2-2 and it was game on.
Robbie White was the toast of Ballyholland as the teacher made it 3-2 Ballyholland but yet again it was all square when Nan's legend Mal Maguire continued his return to form for 3-3.
Pat McClenaghan hadn't won a league game in his last 6 attempts but he did bag a Vegas Cup win to put Nan's one win from the last 8. 4-3 Nan's.
This post Christmas cracker just had to go to the wire and the superb Niall McQuillan got his 2nf of the night to level at 4-4.
Andrew Chan would take on Ballyholland skipper Brendan Keenan for a place in the last 8. No pressure then!
Chan is on a 4 match (league) losing streak and had earlier lost his Pairs game.
Brendan Keenan had lost a pressure final frame against Ollie White when the Division 1 league leaders fell to Forester's A 5-3 in the final league game before the break. Keenan did win his Pairs match earlier in the night so he had reason to feel confident.
It was the grinder Keenan that produced the goods as he out-foxed the free potting Chan and it was Ballyholland that matched on to the last 8 as Nan's miserable season continued.
Whitecross got trounced when Hustlers headed out to the Countryside in this very one sided contest.
Hustlers had the perfect start by taking all 3 Pairs matches. Ciaran and Billy O'Neill, Barry Murphy and Joey Magill then Kevin Magee and Shane McAllister had the Bellinis side cruising.
Alan Burke got Whitecross back into the tie when he took the opening Singles tie but Hustlers where in no mood to roll over.
Shane McAllister made it 4-1 and Ciaran O'Neill wrapped the match with little fuss 5-1.
Barry Murphy is having a very good season and the underrated Murph made it 6-1.
Billy O'Neill had the score 7-1 before man of the moment and the Hustlers Hall of Famer Kevin Magee finished the route 8-1.
While Trainor's weren't pushed to the limit they didn't get everything their own way against high flying St. Monnina A.
St. Monnina A are joint top of Division 1 but the arrived in Trainor's without their talisman, former overall individuals winner Stephen Teggart.
Trainor's got off to a super start taking a 2-0 lead in the Pairs but the Saints stunned Trainor's when Conor McQuiad and Paddy Hughes grinded out a win over natural potters Sean Murray and Eddie McCaughey to make it 2-1.
Paddy Tavey and Liam Bradley then Jimmy and Seamus McVerry had taken the 1st wins of the night.
Captain fantastic Niall McVerry then Eddie McCaughey put Trainor's on the hill as they cruised to a 4-1 advantage.
If Trainor's thought it was going to be all plain sailing they were wrong. The wind was changing and Michael Teggart did Dee Kearney's Trainor's career no favours when he beat the aforementioned Kearney to make it 4-2.
Premier Division leaders Trainor's were getting twitchy when St. Monnina captain Conor McQuiad beat the out of sorts James O'Hagan and now it was 4-3. Game on.
Andrew Mackin is a good steady player but he was never going to trouble the rock solid Paddy Tavey. Tavey is up there with the best when he's on form and even his B game is too much for most. Tavey sealed Trainor's last 8 spot comfortably.
Paddy Hughes beat Seamus McVerry to finish the scoring at a tight looking 5-4.
Gary Gibney and Collie McCann beat Kieran McMahon and Terry McNally to give Millvale the lead against quadruple holders CWC A.
Millvale were in dreamland when Benny Hoey and the sparkling Ryan Diamond made it 2-0 when they outplayed Bernie Magee and Pat Brady.
Raymond McKenna and Harvey Lavelle eased the CWC pressure by taking last of the Pairs against Dean Fallon and Willie Hughes.
The singles games crushed Millvale as Kieran McMahon, Harvey Lavelle, Pat Brady and Raymond McKenna raced to the tape for 5-2.
Terry McNally and Bernie Magee made it 7-2.
Colly McCann, Gary Gibney, Benny Hoey, Dean Fallon, Willie Hughes and Martin McGoldrick did themselves proud in the singles but fell short. How Ryan Diamond didn't play in the singles is one of life's Little mysteries but that's neither here nor there.
Bosco battered McSwiggans 7-2 as they strolled into the last 8.
Caolan Murphy and Ryan Lennon have McSwiggans a surprise lead but it was 2-1 by the end of the Pairs to Bosco.
Eamon Hurley, Robbie Devlin, Ryan Devlin, Sean McCaul and Gary Wilson fired Bosco 7-1 up. McSwiggans got a consolation final frame of the night win from Gary Clarke.
Johnny Murphy's gave Orchard Bar a good game out in the Orchard.
Marty White and Darren O'Hanlon pulled a frame back for Murphy's when they trailed 2-0 in the Pairs.
Jamie Fletcher and Mervyn Kernaghan then made it 4-1 and the South Armagh side looked down and out.
Darren O'Hanlon and Kevin Crilly breathed new life into the contest to make it 4-3.
Liam Turley made sure it wouldn't go to a decider when he beat John Daly for 5-3.
Pat Quinn has been quite unbelievable this season but he won't be too worried that the so far unbeaten David Cromie extended his run to make it 6-3 Orchard.
Bears progressed 6-2 against Dan's Rebels despite going 1 down.
Raymond Flynn made in 1-0 to the hosting Dan's but then Bears kicked into gear.
Eugene McDermott, Ralph Crummy and Paul Murphy took the next 3 singles games after Bears led the Pairs 2-1.
That was enough for 5-1 and Bears were in the last 8.