Republic beaten in Nations final

 

The Republic of Ireland snooker team of Fergal O'Brien, Ken Doherty and Michael Judge were defeated 6-2 by Scotland tonight in the final of the Coalite Nations Cup at Reading's Hexagon Theatre.

The Scots won four successive frames, including a double singles win for former world champion and world number one John Higgins over O'Brien and Doherty.

The Irish pair had earlier reduced the Republic's arrears to only 3-2 by beating Hendry and Higgins in the doubles.

But the Republic, first-time Nations Cup finalists, who upset Wales 5-1 in the last four, were no match for the favourites, who had crushed Northern Ireland 5-0 in Saturday's second semi-final.

Hendry and McManus remained unbeaten in the singles with two victories apiece while Higgins' only blemish in three outings was against world number 46 Judge.