Newbridge club man, Josh Boileau, current U21 European Snooker Champion advanced to Round 2 of the Coral Northern Ireland Snooker Championship, with a 4-2 win over Hamza Akbar in the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast today Wednesday.
Josh frame results: 0-77(54); 65-58; 72-11; 68-19; 50-59; 90-26.
The Northern Open event is part of the new Home Nations quartet of tournaments, alongside the English Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open. Any player who wins all four events will receive a £1million bonus. The prize fund for the Northern Ireland Open is €366,000 with a winner’s cheque of some €70,000.
Fergal also advanced with a comfortable 4-0 win this afternoon.
The remaining first round contests continue this evening.