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QUB 2 demolish B Team to close Division 2 gap

(B&D League 2018/19 Week 7) An under-strength QUB 2 team produced a blow-away performance at the Quakers' Meeting Hall to close the gap at the top of Division 2 to just one point.

Division 1

  • Ballynafeigh 2 2-3 Fruithill Hawks
  • Kelly's Heroes 2-3 QUB 1

 

The Fruithill Hawks narrowly defeated Ballynafeigh 2 on Tuesday night. John Masterson got the ball rolling for the visitors with a win over Paul McNaughton, while Tony Parker drew with John O'Doherty. Robert Lavery levelled the score by prevailing against Ryszard Kaczorowski, but John Cairns piled the pressure on against Eoin Carey and broke through. Ciaran Marron agreed a draw with Chris Kelly to secure the bonus points for the Hawks. QUB 1 could only send four players to the Quakers' Meeting Hall to face Kelly's Heroes, but that's all they needed as they won 3-2, with Stephen Rush, Callum Ormerod and Cathan Gormley all winning their games. The crunch match between top sides Ballynafeigh 1 and Strand 1 was postponed.

Division 2

  • Northern Lights 3.5-1.5 Bangor 1
  • The B Team 0.5-4.5 QUB 2

 

Northern Lights beat Bangor 1 to stay top of Division 2. Stephen Wood, Martin Donaghy and Paul Irvine all won for the Ormeau Road side, while Walter Wilson beat Bernard McCaughey and Sam Moore did well to draw against Nicholas Pilkiewicz. Their lead was cut, however, by a QUB 2 side who produced what must surely be the team performance of the season to beat The B Team, despite fielding mostly players from their third team. Not only did Robert Clarke (989) claim the upset of the week by beating Craig Stevenson (1244), they also ranked in at numbers two and three on the upset list as Rian Mellotte (1171) beat Bernard Jaffa (1411) and Ben Campbell (1044) beat Paul Hanna (1250). Vincent Crean beat Norman McFarland, while Stephen Critchlow was the sole point-scorer for The B Team as he drew with Daniel Diaz-Roncero Gonzalez. The match between the Fruithill Falcons and Strand 2 was postponed.

Division 3

  • Bangor 2 5-0 Ballynafeigh 4
  • Strand 3 3.5-1.5 Strand 4

 

Bangor 2 jumped into second place with a whitewash of Ballynafeigh 4, while Strand 3 prevailed against Strand 4 thanks to wins from Ciaran Rowan, Taufik Kamal and Ali Shahzad. The much-anticipated clash between the Fruithill Ravens and QUB 3 was postponed.

Standings

Division 1PlayedPointsDivision 2PlayedPointsDivision 3PlayedPoints
Strand 1 5 26.5 Northern Lights 7 35 QUB 3 5 30
Ballynafeigh 1 5 26 QUB 2 7 34 Bangor 2 6 27
QUB 1 6 26 Strand 2 6 23 Fruithill Ravens 5 22.5
Fruithill Hawks 6 21 Bangor 1 7 20.5 Strand 3 6 21.5
Kelly's Heroes 6 16.5 The B Team 7 18.5 Ballynafeigh 4 6 15.5
Ballynafeigh 2 6 13 Fruithill Falcons 6 9 Strand 4 6 15
Civil Service 6 11 Ballynafeigh 3 6 8.5