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Last Updated:  Sunday, 23 February, 2003, 11:41 GMT
Swail lifts Irish crown
Joe Swail beat Fergal O'Brien 10-3 to win the Irish snooker title
Joe Swail raced into a 3-0 lead against Fergal O'Brien

Joe Swail defeated Dubliner Fergal O'Brien to on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old Belfast man rounded off his emphatic 10-3 success with a 122 total clearance having previously knocked in nine other breaks over 50.

"That has to be the most consistent spell of snooker I have played in my career," said Manchester-based Swail.

"Hopefully this will kick-start my season."

Swail never looked back after gaining the 3-0 lead with runs of 54, 55 and 51.

O'Brien briefly made a match of it as he took the next two frames, but he finished the opening session 6-3 in arrears.

When the contest resumed Swail fired in further breaks of 67, 57, 54 and his quickfire century to secure the 5,000 winner's cheque.

He now goes forward to the European Open at Torquay next month and faces recent Masters winner Mark Davis for a possible second-round meeting with world champion Peter Ebdon.

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