Donnelly and Irish team bow out in World Pool Semi Final

Hard luck to Gavin Donnelly and his Irish team mates that just fell short in the World Pool Mens semi final against England losing 11-8.

In a group with 11 other countries, the top 2 teams go straight into the semis while 3rd 4th 5th and 6th playoff.

Ireland showed their ability and finished 3rd guaranteeing them a playoff off spot. In the playoff they met a strong India team that had beaten them 11-10 in the group stages. However Ireland showed their class and experience and won on a scoreline of 11-9.

Into the semis and Ireland faced the pre tournament favourites England. Ireland made the better start and raced into a 2-1 lead. However England found their rhythm and raced into a 10-4 lead, only needing one more to win. With the ‘never die attitude’ of the irish, they fought back winning 2 more frames to bring it 10-6 and Donnelly made an excellent clearance under pressure to bring it to 10-7. This would have been the best comeback ever but unfortunately England won out on a scoreline 11-8.

A huge well done to Gavin and the lads on their performance.