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It takes a special player to win one world title, never mind two.

But 20-year-old Irishman Karl O'Donoghue completed a unique double tonight (Monday) at the Imperial Hotel.

Fully recovered from his celebrations after lifting the World Under 21 crown, the County Meath cueman added the World Masters Plate to his collection.

O'Donoghue defeated Australia's Michael Scerri 7-5 in the final after being 5-2 up.

"Winning the Under 21's gave me most pleasure because that's what I came here to do," said the victorious Irishman from Laytown.

"But I still got a lot of satisfaction from the Masters Plate. There were some big names in there."

Indeed, former European champion Oly Bale from Wales was one of O'Donoghue's victims.

Foster's World Championship quarter-finalist, Gareth Hibbott, reached the last eight.

From 5-2 ahead, O'Donoghue held on to beat Bale 6-5.

In fact. his campaigns were littered with deciding frame victories; notably the Under 21 semi-finals and  finals which he won  7-6 and 8-7.

"Every time players started to come back at me, I always felt I could finish strongly and pull away."

O'Donoghue, who succeeded Steve Petty as Under 21 title winner, says he won't defend his crown next year.

"I want to play for the senior team in 2011. And I'd like to have a go on the IPA Tour as well.

"I am sure it will help my game. I learned a lot here this week and you can never know it all."

 This article was taken from World Eightball Pool Federation.

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6th July 2010, 15:31
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