DUNGLOE POOL PLAYER Shaun Sharkey was in top form as Ireland won the 2016 Nations Cup in Scotland today.
Ireland overcame England by 10 frames to 5 in today’s final in Aberdeen.
Sharkey won three of those frames, all via clearances, and did likewise twice last night as Ireland defeated Scotland, the hosts, 10-5.
The last five frames that Sharkey – well-known from his work in the family-run Owenie’s Bar in Dungloe – played, he won with clearances.
“That final was just savage – we ripped them out of it,” Sharkey told Donegal Sport Hub.[adrotate group=”55″]
“They had given us a roasting, 10-5, after being 8-1 up in the group stage yesterday. We needed results to go our way to even make the final after losing to England and it worked out for us.”
After losing to Wales 9-6 and England 10-5, Ireland defeated Scotland A1 10-5 and looked to have been in the final, but they had to play Scotland’s A team and they put them to the sword, also on a 10-5 scoreline.
Sharkey said: “We played unreal last night. We shouldn’t have had to play that game, but we did and we played so well in the game.”[adrotate group=”76″]
Sharkey played three times last night against Scotland. He lost the first frame and didn’t get a shot, but he was in magnificent form on the baize, clearing twice and doing likewise three times in today’s final.
He said: “It was an unreal feeling to pot that winning black. That English team have three European singles champions and a World champion. They’re a team of superstars.
“It’s a savage buzz. Everyone on our team just clicked at the right time. It’s some feeling to beat what is one of England’s strongest teams.”[adrotate group=”38″]