SNOOKER: Seven-up for undefeated Premier League leaders

Tracey's Bar 'A' lost ground in the North-West Premier League title race, the aftermath of a 3-3 stalemate at Du Pont. From left Shay Norris, Paul Keenan and Anthony McGill. DER4816GS023
Tracey's Bar 'A' lost ground in the North-West Premier League title race, the aftermath of a 3-3 stalemate at Du Pont. From left Shay Norris, Paul Keenan and Anthony McGill. DER4816GS023

LAST WEEK’S seventh series of fixtures in the Gillen Fuels-sponsored North-West Premier Snooker League saw unbeaten leaders CYMS ‘A’ retain their two-point advantage over closest pursuers Shantallow House.

The current two principal contenders for the game’s flagship team title both chalked up 5-1 home victories, the Letterkenny frontrunners producing formidable form in their outing against Hollywood.

Phelim McClafferty (50 and 36 breaks) and Gareth Kirwan (44 sequence) played the 2-0 anchor roles, the third member of the CYMS triumvirate, Marc McCarron, posting a 46 break in his 1-1 stalemate against Stephen Heaney.

Shantallow’s win over AOH was backboned by 2-0 verdicts from Peter Doherty and a sharpish Stephen Brady (48 and 40 breaks). Joe Porter made the cameo contribution by sharing the spoils in his two-frame session with Seamus Cusack.

Although Tracey’s ‘A’ joined the Hibs in third place, the William Street outfit were held 3-3 at Du Pont and slipped to six points off the pace. In the other two matches, Glendermott won 4-2 at George’s Bar, while Tracey’s ‘147’ and visiting CYMS ‘B’ played out a 3-3 draw.

CYMS ‘A’ 5, HOLLYWOOD 1 – Gareth Kirwan 2, Dean McAleese 0; Phelim McClafferty 2, Liam McDermott 0; Marc McCarron 1, Stephen Heaney 1.

SHANTALLOW 5, AOH 1 – Stephen Brady 2, Ray Barrow 0; Peter Doherty 2, Shea Moore 0; Joe Porter 1, Seamus Cusack 1.

DU PONT 3, TRACEY’S ‘A’ 3 – Davy Moore 0, Paul Keenan 2; Peter Logue 2, Shea Moore 0; Ralph Dixon 1, Anthony McGill 1.

GEORGE’S 2, GLENS 4 – Jan Biernat 1, Maurice Ferguson 1; Shea Conway 1, Christopher Clifford 1; Cathal Wilson 0, Davy Clifford 2.

TRACEY’S ‘147’ 3, CYMS ‘B’ 3 – Mal McIvor 2, Ken Kirwan 0; Phil McConomy 1, Adrian McFadden 1; John Harkin 0, Conor Neely 2.

HOW THEY STAND – played 42 frames – CYMS A (30 pts); AOH and Shantallow (28 pts); AOH and Tracey’s A (24 pts); Glendermott (20 pts); George’s (19 pts); Du Pont, Hollywood and Tracey’s ‘147’ (17 pts); CYMS B (14 pts).

The eight play-off places in the Alfie McGinley Individual League qualifiers presently occupied by Phelim McClafferty (twelve frames), Gareth Kirwan (eleven), Peter Doherty, Phil McConomy, Anthony McGill and Joe Porter (ten), Davy Clifford and Seamus Cusack (nine).

The last fixtures before the Christmas break are listed for next Monday night – CYMS ‘A’ v AOH, at Letterkenny, 8 pm; George’s Bar v Tracey’s Bar ‘A’, 7-30 pm; Hollywood v CYMS ‘B’ (Letterkenny), at Waterside, 8 pm; Tracey’s ‘147’ v Shantallow House, 7-30 pm; Glendermott CC v Du Pont, 7-30 pm.