It’s not just good badminton as M&S get the win

Alpha duo Matthew Cheung and Stuart McCollam put in a dominating performance to come out victorious in the Connacht Under 13 Open last weekend.

Seeded second in the doubles, they faced a stern test in the opener against Paddy Nolan and Christopher O’Donoghue but pulled out all the stops to win 21-19 21-19.

They then failed to reach their best against Benjamin Darragh and Vincent Pontanosa in the final four but still managed a 21-18 21-14 victory in 31 minutes.

And with top seeds David and Kevin Downey exiting at the semi-final stage, Matthew and Stuart pushed home their advantage to lift the title with a convincing 21-7 21-11 win over Luke Davis and Ronan McGowan.

In the singles, Stuart had to work hard for his opening victory which lasted no less than 52 minutes before the Wallace High School pupil came through 21-18 17-21 21-16 against Ronan McGowan.

That was as far as he got, however, as eventual winner Christopher O’Donaghue won 21-10 15-21 16-21.

O’Donaghue was to see off another Alpha hopeful in the decider. Cheung eased past Peter Burke, Kevin Downey and Vincent Pontanosa to reach the decider.

He showed considerable composure in the final coming back from one set behind (21-19) to take the second comfortably 21-8.

He will then be disappointed that he was unable to clinch the victory his play had deserved, finishing runner-up 21-17 in the final set.