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Carrickmore’s Padraig McGlinchey beat Brackey’s Shane O Neill in the semi-final of the Ulster Intermediate Singles to set up a clash with the reigning champion Ruairi Kelly.
The match which was played in Beragh’s fine alley swung one way and then the other as both players vied for supremacy.
The Carrickmore player opened up a 12-4 lead in the first game and seemed to be on course for an easy win. O’Neill did not start well and played poorly in the opening part of the game. However the Brackey lad rallied and levelled the game at 16 apiece. Indeed O’Neill went on to lead 20-18 but just could not finish the game and Mc Glinchey came back to win the first game 21-20.
The second game was totally different to the first as O’Neill went for broke from the start and controlled the game throughout. Mc Glinchey made too many unforced errors and was well beaten 21-8 in that one.
At one game all the match moved to the deciding game and once again it was the Carrickmore lad on top. He led 5-0 and 9-2 and seemed destined for a place in the final. However Shane O’Neill rallied and fought back well to draw the game level 11-11. Just when it seemed he was in with a chance of winning the semi final the Brackey man resorted to playing defensively and this allowed Mc Glinchey to regain control of the game and drive on for a convincing 21-14 win.