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Post Date : 04 Oct 2022 09:13 AM
Cunning ham Cup Review
Hustlers almost produced a miraculous result when the Division 1 side took  unbeaten  Premier League leaders Different Strokes to a decider in the Cunningham Cup. Little old Hustlers with seasoned campaigners Kevin Magee & Cathal McCoy have a tight camp and are shaping up nicely for promotion to the Premier Division while  Different Strokes have a 100% record with perennial winners such as Pat Brady, Paddy Clarke & Harvey Lavelle. Add in multiple South Armagh individuals winner and Irish International Paul Kelly and you have a devastating potting juggernaut! Niall McVerry has the Rolls Royce cue action but he's not always been the most consistent when the pressure is on. Willie Brown is certainly one of the players that Hustlers will have targeted, and the fluent McVerry came up trumps to put the hosts 1 - 0 up. Paddy Clarke restored parity with a sublime performance against Hustlers talisman Kevin Magee. 1 - 1. Former Trainors star player Sean Murray should fear no player and this talented cueist took out the attacking, former Newry Singles runner-up, Raymie McKenna and the Hustlers dared to dream. 2-1. Different Strokes who play out of Carrickcruppen Social Club steamed ahead taking the next 3 Pair matches to lead 4-2. 1 more frame and it was a semi-final to plan for. Paddy Clarke & Harvey Lavelle oozed class and composure when they toppled Cathal McCoy & Kevin Magee, although it went to the wire as Magees final ball cross, hugged the middle pocket but would not drop. Niall McVerry & Sean Murray had the skills but not the luck and Stephen Gorham with the youthful Bernie Magee edged it. Dee Kearney was out of sorts with Gary McLoughlin. The misfiring duo fell to Willie Brown & Paul Kelly as Different Strokes hit their groove. When Pat Brady went shopping for new talent for his team he didn't go to the Pound Store. He shopped Harrods style and acquired one of the best in the country. Paul Kelly is proper Ferrari-style shopping list stuff but it was the techno-wizard Cathal McCoy stormed to the finish line sinking the last of his yellows and a pressure black and it was game on. 4-3. Tucker Hughes realistically had no chance against Pat Brady. A betting man would be looking very long odds on an upset but the joy of pool and especially 1 framer - it gives the outsiders a chance. Tucker was in superb form and after some brilliant pool he stunned the traveling Different Strokes and the Premier Division leaders were looking down the barrel of their 1st defeat of the season. 4-4. It was all down to the wire as Dee Kearney and Harvey Lavelle would battle it out for a place in the last 4. Harvey had the harder ball set and Damien looked like he was all set for a famous victory against his ex-Armagh teammate. Hustlers held their breath as Dee's cue action started to twitch and boy did it twitch. It was a pressure cooker time and just when you needed a calm head, Kearney imploded and Lavelle was on hand to mop up for a highly uncomfortable 5-4 win for Different Strokes.  The Premier side will know they dodged a bullet and will be well glad to see the back of this formidable Hustlers side. Different Strokes will be joined by CWC A, Indo, and Trainors A in the semi-final draw.