DAVID Forde from the AOH club was the winner of the ‘Munster Snooker Council’ Munster Intermediate ‘2’ tournament held at the Crucible snooker club last Saturday.
With the valuable ranking points on offer for a build up to the Munster snooker finals weekend that will be held in Fermoy in May, part two of the three part ‘Intermediate Series’ this certainly was moving day for some of the players almost assured of a top eight finish to qualify for the May finals.
Six of the top eight seeds were present at the Crucible and spearheading the lot was David Forde of the AOH club.
He along with the other top five sees received a bye into the last 16 and just like the first Intermediate tournament which was held in Douglas, a pattern was emerging and the likes of Sean Walsh the runner up on day one, Derry O’Sullivan and Danny McGough were doing well and a first outing for Youghal’s Dylan Rees saw the Youghal man play his way into the semi-finals following wins over Damien Quilligan, Alan O’Connor and Shane Hourihane.
It wasn’t long before David Forde got going with excellent play against Ger Kelly then a tough match against Dane Donoghue from Killarney, then a strong semi semi-final performance victory over Rees, putting the AOH man into his second successive final in the ‘Intermediate Series’ collecting a bucket load of ranking points.
In the other end of the draw Derry O’Sullivan was going well making it to the semi-final for the second time in two tournaments defeating Jake Byrne and Martin Kelly before meeting his club mate Danny McGough in the semi-final.
McGough saw off Tony O’Brien, Connie O’Sullivan and Sean Walsh before his victory over Derry O’Sullivan in their last four match, setting up a Cork versus Kerry decider between Gough and Forde.
McGough got off to a good start in the final controlling the opening frame and closing it out fairly comfortably.
In frame two of this best of five frames final Forde trailed by fifteen points with just five balls left on the table and it looked like the frame was over, but McGough missed the green and left Forde in and the AOH man didn’t pass up on his opportunity and dished up to level matters.
Frame three was a much more tense affair with both players struggling at times to get their game going and when it came down to the colours it was the Kerry man who took control sinking a very important brown ball and should have wrapped it up earlier than he did with miss on the pink, but Forde needed snookers and the black was wedged on the bottom rail, but incredibly he laid the snooker and a few misses later saw Forde way out in front and a long pink was enough to seal the frame for the Cork man.
Forde was commanding in the next frame showing his class as he dominated the frame and closed it out in style to put together another fantastic days snooker and has certainly booked his place in Fermoy with a tournament to spare.
Munster Intermediate ‘2’ Results
David Forde (Bye)
Ger Kelly 3 – 0 Jack Dorgan
Dane Donoghue 3 – 0 Leone Crowley
Jack Cronin (Bye)
Dylan Rees 3 – 0 Damien Quilligan
Alan O’Connor 3 – 2 Jay Chopra
Shane Hourihane 3 – 1 Mike Healy
James O’Connor (Bye)
Derry O’Sullivan (Bye)
Jake Burn 3 – 1 Liam Hayes
Martin Kelly 3 – 1 Robbie Donovan
Dylan O’Shaughnessy 3 – 1 Larry Cam
Danny McGough 3 – 0 Tony O’Brien
Connie O’Sullivan 3 – 0 Cian Higgins
Kevin Corcoran 3 – 0 Jamie Walsh
Sean Walsh (Bye)
David Forde 3 – 0 Ger Kelly
Dane O’Donoghue 3 – 0 Jack Cronin
Dylan Rees 3 – 0 Alan O’Connor
Shane Hourihane 3 – 0 James O’Connell
Derry O’Sullivan 3 – 1 Jake Byrne
Martin Kelly 3 – 1 Dylan O’Shaughnessy
Danny McGough 3 – 0 Connie O’Sullivan
Sean Walsh 3 – 1 Kevin Corcoran
David Forde 3 – 2 Dane O’Donoghue
Danny McGough 3 – 0 Sean Walsh
Derry O’Sullivan v Martin Kelly
Dylan Rees 3 – 2 Shane Hourihane
David Forde 3 – 1 Dylan Rees
Danny McGough 3 – 1 Derry O’Sullivan
David Forde 3 – 1 Danny McGough
Domestically Week six of the Singletons Super Valu ‘Cork Snooker Leagues’ saw the AOH ‘A’ welcome the Crucible A to Morrison’s Island with the AOH ‘A’ looking to return to winning ways and Crucible A looking to keep the momentum going with a home win, but on the night the AOH were in top for defeating the champions 3 -0.
Meanwhile the rearranged match between AOH ‘A’ and Youghal CYMS ‘A’ was played out last week. Following their win against the Crucible the AOH ‘A’ were looking to continue their winning ways and Youghal CYMS ‘A’ were also looking to keep the winning momentum going as the fight for a top two place in the A’’ league intensifies and Youghal who are notoriously difficult to defeat at time ran out winners on the night.
In the ‘B’ division last week on Wednesday night Fermoy welcomed Shooters ‘A’. Fermoy in search of a much needed win to get back into top four contention and Shooters ‘A’ looking for a win to keep their push for a top four place alive too, but it was the home side who got over the winning line first with a 3 – 2 victory.
On Thursday night Douglas ‘B’ welcomed Youghal CYMS ‘B’ to Donnybrook. Douglas looking to return to winning ways after narrowing losing out to the same opposition the week previous had it all to do really and in the end it was Youghal ‘B’ who were victorious winning by three matches to one match on the night. against the same opposition.
Douglas ‘B’ 1 – 3 Youghal CYMS ‘B’
Kevin James 1-1 William Kelly
Damien Manning 0-2 John Landers
Anthony Hallaran 1-1 Jay Chopra
Declan O’Callaghan 0-2 Conor Kennedy
Wayne Minihan 2-0 Steven Kelly
Shooters ‘B’ welcomed AOH ‘B’ to Blackpool. Shooters still searching for their first win of the season and AOH were looking to follow up last week win against the same opposition with an away win and in the end that’s what happened with the AOH side winning three nil.
Shooters ‘B’ 0 – 3 AOH ‘B’
James O Connell 0-2 Edward Evans
Eddie Walsh 0-2 Donnacha Corcoran
Leone Crowley 1-0 John Cahill
Sean Paul Crowley 0-2 Martin Dawe
Eoin Palmer 0-0 Mark Walsh
Youghal CYMS ‘C’ welcomed Douglas ‘A’ to Market House. Youghal ‘C’ were looking to avenge a narrow loss the previous week to the same opponents, while Douglas ‘A’ were looking to keep the only remaining unbeaten start in both leagues going, but that record came to a crashing end as Youghal CYMS won 3-0
Youghal 3 – 0 Douglas
Adrian Landers 2-0 Kevin O’Sullivan
Lee Walsh 2-1 Sean Walsh
Ryan Tobin 2-0 Alan O’Connor
Kenny Wight 1-1 Karl Busteed
Keane McCarthy 0-0 Ivan Glavin
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