Thursday 29 September 2016

Irish trio of Ken Doherty Joe Swail and Fergal O'Brien victorious in World Championship qualifiers

Published 13/04/2015 | 21:15

Ken Doherty
Ken Doherty

Ireland are edging closer to having three players involved in the World Championships at the Crucible after Ken Doherty Joe Swail and Fergal O'Brien all recorded wins at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

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Former World Champion Ken Doherty defeated Wales' Lee Walker 10-6 to advance to the final qualifying round for the World Championships.

O'Brien’s attempt to reach the first round for the first time since 2010 remains on course after the world number 26 edged out Chris Wakelin 10-8 in a tight encounter, with the Dubliner having led 5-4 heading into the final session.

Belfast's Joe Swail battled his way back from the brink of defeat to deny Welsh potter Dominic Dale 10-9.

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