YOUGHAL CYMS 'A' and the Crucible already look like the two sides to beat in this years Cork Billiards and Snooker Association (CBSA) Cork league as both teams look unbeatable at the moment, the interesting match will be when these two sides meet in a few weeks time.Youghal have won all seven of their games so far in the league and again last week showed they are a force to reckoned with in their own rooms.
Adrian Landers had hit a fine run of form in recent weeks and is becoming one of the toughest players to beat in the league. Adrian's son Noel was last weeks winner of the Cork County under 14 snooker championships, so the tradition of top class players in the Landers family continues.Another player back into competition this year for Youghal CYMS 'A' is young Aaron Tobin who has been in top form on the green baize with six wins from his six matches, where he has only dropped four frames from a possible 18 frames, where he has won fourteen.
Douglas 'A' were the opposition last week and ended up losing by eight frames to four in Youghal, it will be a different proposition for Youghal this week when they travel to Douglas.Tony Moore of the Douglas side played very well in Youghal leading Derek Aherne by two frames to nil and if he can replicate that type of performance in Douglas he will be hard to beat.
Karl Busteed and Derek O'Neill took frames in defeat too, so potentially this could be Youghal's toughest test yet, but it is a side oozing confidence at the moment and the seasiders get the vote to continue on their winning streak.
Youghal CYMS 'B' were emphatic winners last week, travelling to Douglas 'B' and scooped all three points without dropping one frame en-route to victory. There were impressive performances from William Kelly, Stephen Kelly and Trevor Flaherty and it would be a huge shock if the Youghal men couldn't bag the points this week at home.
The other game in the CBSA Cork League last week was the Crucible versus the AOH and again the Crucible were in top form.Greg Casey who is in invincible at the moment, beat Kevin O'Leary by three frames to nil. Casey has won all his four league matches so far this year, winning ten frames and only dropping two frames and that alone will tell you how difficult it will be to stop Casey in his current form.
Shane O'Mahony of the AOH is showing signs of coming back to his best with a two frames to one frame victory over David Cassidy, but apart from that match Ryan Cronin, Daniel O'Regan and Garry O'Sullivan all won their matches making it four wins out of four this year for the Crucible.
Results from Week 7 of the CBSA Cork snooker league
Youghal CYMS 'A' 8 – 4 Douglas 'A'
Adrian Landers 3 – 0 Gerry O'Sullivan
Derek Aherne 0 – 2 Tony Moore
Aaron Tobin 2 – 1 Karl Busteed
Ger Kelly 2 – 1 Derek O'Neill
Brendan Cooney 1 – 0 Finbar Wallace
Douglas 'B' 0 – 8 Youghal CYMS 'B'
Paul Forde 0 – 2 William Kelly
Tony Murphy 0 – 3 Trevor Flaherty
Evan O'Leary 0 – 3 Stephen Kelly
The Crucible 8 – 3 The AOH
Greg Casey 3 – 0 Kevin O'Leary
David Cassidy 1 – 2 Shane O'Mahony
Ryan Cronin 2 – 1 Llyod Myers
Daniel O'Regan 1 – 0 Donncha Breatneach
Garry O'Sullivan 1 – 0 Sonny Stack
This week's fixtures
Douglas 'A' v Youghal CYMS 'A'
Youghal CYMS 'B' v Douglas 'B'
The AOH v The Crucible
CBSA Cork snooker league table
Pos Team Pld Won Lost Pts
1 Youghal CYMS 'A' 7 7 0 17
2 The Crucible 4 4 0 10
3 Youghal CYMS 'B' 7 3 4 8
4 The AOH 7 3 4 7
5 Douglas 'A' 5 2 3 5
6 Youghal CYMS 'C' 6 1 5 3
7 Douglas 'B' 4 0 4 0
Home win 2 points
Away win 3 points
The top four teams at the end of the season will play in two semi finals and a final to decide the CBSA snooker league title.
Congratulations to Greg Casey of the Crucible who made it all the way to the final in the second senior ranking event of the year which was held in Northwest Snooker Club in Letterkenny Co. Donegal.
Casey lost out to Brendan O'Donoghue from Nenagh in the final by 5 frames to 4 in a very exciting match, filled with twists and turns. There were 64 entries for this top class competition and with names like Vincent Muldoon and John Torpey along with Ray Power and Nigel Power all losing it was obvious that the standard of snooker was very high for the weekend.
Casey is now ranked number six at senior level which is great news for Cork Snooker. In fact Cork players are doing really well at the moment at national rankings with Ryan Cronin from the Crucible currently ranked at number one at under 19 nationally, and his team mate David Cassidy just one place back at number two.
The Crucibles Tony Moore joins Cassidy and Cronin in the top four of the national under 21 current rankings and Youghal CYMS player Brendan Cooney is currently ranked third in the national rankings in the Masters.
For more information on Cork Snooker go to www.corkbilliardsandsnookerassociation.com